Skip Menu

Return to Skip Menu

Main Content

Video: Potato research in Ecuador and Bolivia

Undergraduate students are helping Jeff Alwang, a professor of agriculture and applied economics in Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, work with potato farmers in Ecuador and Bolivia to improve their production.

These farmers are dealing with new challenges as population pressures have pushed people higher and higher up slopes in the Andes. Growing potatoes, a major staple, on precipitous mountainsides is a different endeavor than the farming their ancestors did on flat land at sea level.