The year 2008 was declared the International Year of the Potato by the United Nations, noting that the potato is a staple food in the diet of the world's population, and affirming the need to focus world attention on the role that the potato can play in providing food security and eradicating poverty. Food and Agriculture Organization was invited to facilitate its implementation.
The corresponding resolution adopted on 25 November 2005 by the Food and Agriculture Organization, which was to facilitate the implementation of the year, affirmed "the need to revive public awareness of the relationship that exists between poverty, food security, malnutrition and the potential contribution of the potato to defeating hunger."
It was hoped that International Year designation would do for the potato what the International Year of Rice (2004) did for that food staple, namely, inspire exhibits, educational programs, films, publications and greater public awareness of multi-national efforts on behalf of our food resources. The year 2008 was also designated the National Year of the Potato in Peru.
- United Nations General Assembly Session 60 Resolution 191. International Year of the Potato, 2008 A/RES/60/191 page 1. 22 December 2005. Retrieved 2007-11-18.
- United Nations General Assembly Session 62 Verbatim Report 15. A/62/PV.15 page 32. Mr. Gutiérrez Reinel Peru 2 October 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-18.