In another cracking display of the impact of the UN’s International Years of Waste, May 30 will henceforth celebrate International Potato Day. It has been a while since the International Year of the Potato in 2008, but good things come to those who wait.

The Day “will allow us to draw attention to the importance of this ancestral crop in sustaining efforts to reduce hunger, malnutrition and poverty; as well as to encourage agricultural development, food security, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem functions,” Víctor García Toma, Permanent Representative of Peru to the United Nations told the General Assembly.

That’s a lot to ask, but if anyone can make it happen, the FAO can.

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