29 January, 2008

Announcing: Ode to Potato

The year 2008 has been declared the International Year of the Potato (IYP) by United Nations to raise awareness of Solanum Tuberosum. IYP was officially launched on 18th October, 2007. Did you know that the plastic bag of humble potatoes you casually pick up at the local supermarket is in fact vital food source for hundreds of millions of people in the developing world? Almost 213 million tonnes of potato are grown to eat every year from which half of it was plucked from the soils of developing countries, making it the fourth most important food crop in the world preceded by Rice, Wheat & Maize. Potato output has grown double in the past fifteen years and is expected to double again by 2020. This unassuming tuber is playing a strong role in developing countries due to the fact that it is more nutritious and it can grow very quickly on less land even in harsher climates than any major crop. In a right sense this humble Potato has become a Global Crop.


Image Source: IYP

According to the International Year of the Potato (IYP), "The celebration of the International Year of the Potato (IYP) will raise awareness of the importance of the potato - and of agriculture in general - in addressing issues of global concern, including hunger, poverty and threats to the environment."


Mission Statement
The mission of the International Year of the Potato is to increase awareness of the importance of the potato as a food in developing nations, and promote research and development of potato-based systems as a means of contributing to achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals.


Image Source: IYP

IYP 2008: Challenges and opportunities
The International Year of Potato aims at raising the profile of this globally important food crop and commodity, giving emphasis to its biological and nutritional attributes, and thus promoting its production, processing, consumption, marketing and trade. Celebration of IYP 2008 is an opportunity to make a valid and effective contribution towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals:
  • Food Security - improving access to safe and nutritious food
  • Poverty alleviation
  • Sustainable use of biodiversity
  • Sustainable intensification of potato-based farming systems
IYP Logo
The logo of the International Year of Potato was created by Italian graphic designer Giancarlo de Pol. The main graphic elements - above, a bowl with harvested potatoes and below, in the earth, a golden tuber - symbolize the intimate link between humanity and agriculture. The slogan, "Hidden treasure", highlights the often overlooked importance of the potato for rural people, the economy and global food security. The IYP logo is available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.


Because of the importance of this underestimated tuber, I have decided to host an event noting the key role of the potato as a staple food in the diet of the world’s population. I am hoping that our strong food blogger community will get together and increase the awareness of International Year of the Potato (IYP). Hence I invite you to participate in this one-off event - “Ode to Potato”.

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The Guidelines:

1. Potato recipes in Indian and International cuisine are plenty. Mashed, boiled, grilled, fried, sautéed; you are spoiled for choices. Simple everyday potato recipes are most welcomed but it would be really interesting to try something new, something that you have bookmarked from your fellow blogger and wanting to try.
2. Any information and pictures of Potato you want to share are welcome.
3. Please remember that this is a fun event and don’t stress yourself if you are unable to participate. No one is gonna chase you with broom stick :) Send your entries if you are cooking up something in your kitchen and think it could be an entry to this event.
4. Feel free to use the logo in your post or on blog sidebar and please don’t forget to link back to this post. 2008 being a international year of the potato, you are welcome to use this logo whenever you post any potato dish but do link back to this post.
5. Once you have posted your recipe with a link back to this post, send your entries by March 15, 2008 to sia[at]monsoonspice[dot]com with the subject line ‘Ode to Potato’. Don’t forget to include your name, your blog’s name, the permalink of the entry, and picture of your recipe in your email. Don’t worry about resizing the image.
6. If you don’t have a blog but wish to participate in this event, send your entries with a picture, your name and recipe to sia[at]monsoonspice[dot]com before the deadline. I will post the recipes with your picture in my blog and include it in the round-up.
7. I will post the round-up by the end of March 08.

Please note that, I may not be able to leave comment in your blog due to time constraint but I’ll try to respond to your emails within 3 days. Please go through the guidelines carefully and mail me your entries. I'll not include your entries in the round-up unless I get them through emails as it's not feasible for me to check individual blogs and pick your entries. If you don’t get reply to your mail within 3 days, please send me the entries again as there is a high chance of your mail being sent to my spam folder.
Thank you friends. I am hoping to see grand round-up of this humble tuber:)

Cheers
Sia

Update:

Looks like it’s gonna rain potato this season in blogsphere. Our fellow blogger Dhivya of Culinary Bazaar is also hosting an event- The Potato Fe(a)st. Yup, another Potato event. So hop in all you wonderful foodies and let’s celebrate double dose of Potato;)



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indosungod said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sia, Is there a soul that does not like potato. I doubt. Ode to Potato a perfect event for this humble tasty and sometimes abused vegetable.

Mythreyee said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

that's great! will participate for sure. Potato is my fav.

Suganya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

How about sweet potatoes? They should get their well-deserved recognition too.

Grihini said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Count me in Sia. Would luv to participate even if there is none behind me with a broom-stick in hand ;)

masalamagic said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

How fun Sups! Love the title "Ode to Potato" I will most definitely participate! Its gonna be raining potatoes in my home this month :-) Good luck cause u're going to have soooooooo many participants!
Hugs
Latha

Meera said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Wow! I just blogged about a potato stir fry. and saw your event. I will send you email soon. Thanks!

Seema said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Nice one Sia! You'll have all bloggers send u entry as its a vegetable that most of us routinely cook.. simple or complicated.. there will be an entry or more from me :-)

Richa said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

it's aloooooooo time baby :)

sunita said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sup, will definitely try to contribute :-)

Cynthia said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Count me in! I love potatoes as much as I love rice :)

Vanamala said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Ohh!! Nice one... love to make varities of Potato dishes.

Vanamala said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Oh!! Nice one... Love to make varities of potato dishes.

Sreelu said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sia, Hmm ode to potato, can never eat aloo with out feeling guilty.
since you have given ample time for the round up, will come up with something sure.

Pooja said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sia,
thats so thoughtful to organize this.
Just now be ready to handle ample of entries.... your blog is going to have flood with potatoes :)) . count me in .

Nags said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

lovely idea, Sia. I will definitely send something in :)

Srivalli said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sia...thats a nice event...will surely send in...more than one is ok with you, right??...thats a cute logo you have..:D..

Ramya's Mane Adige said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

What a coincidence!! I just posted a potato recipe today.... Will send it across to you right away! Thanx for hosting :)

LG said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sakkathagi ide event topic. Too many ideas poping up for potato. The logo is very cute and LOL on that broom stick thing...

Shella said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hey thats a great event Sia. This will surely give me a chance to try some great recipes I have on potatoe with me for quite some time. Count me in for this great job.....Potatoes are a staple for us, n I love them anyways....

Jayashree said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Potato is a staple in my household...along with onions and tomatoes. Will try and cook up something new.

Sia said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

@all,

OMG!!! now i am having second thoughts;) just kidding. i am really glad to see this kind of response:)

now let me reply to some of ur queries.
1. yes, u can send more than one entry per blog. more the merrier ;)
2. u can also include sweet potato. i can't see anyone objecting to that.

if you have any other queries please responde by leaving a commnet here. thank you once again for your support and love:)

Linda said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Delicious idea, Sia! :)

Siri said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Wow, what a coincidence, Dhivya @Culinary Bazaar is organising a similar event - The Potato Fe(a)st..:D Count me too Sia. Nice Logo!

~ Siri

Padmaja said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sup
You know what, everyone knows how much i adore potatoes and how frequently i cook them every week so i might just have a few specially whipped up for u dear!!

Asha said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

DK just announced the same too and I am posting one tomorrow!!Two in one. YAY!:))
Yeah, no more Wednesday only posts but anytime posts. I HAVE A MIND OF STEEL NOW!!!Hahahhaha!!
Please do comment in FH, which is my main blog. Aroma, smaroma!!:D
Congratulations on hosting your first event, enjoy. You should make it permanent "International Food Festival" and choose a country every two months. I would love to cook World cuisne ALA RCI!!

Jyothsna said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Et tu Sia??!! :D Count me in, tho' you'll have to remind me later! ;)

Rajitha said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

hmmm..now why would you say that you will not chase us with a broomstick..have you envisioned it :D..and tataoes and me not participate..never! madam tato will be arriving at ur doorstep soon!!

Latha Narasimhan said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sea dear, I have already posted the recipe! I will send you the recipes and also add the logo in my post!

Laavanya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Count me in Sia... I love potatoes too.. who doesn't? :)

Happy cook said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Siacount me in. We do lot of time potato dishes.
And this is for sure one event there won't be any stress.

Kribha said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I'd love to participate in this. Looking forward to come up with something new.

TBC said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Potatoes are the toor dal of my pantry... what I mean is that they are indispensable. :-). I cannot believe that I have not done a single potato post so far!

Rina said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Yes Sia, What would happen to human race without thsi saviour 'Potatoe'....I'll send in my entry...

DK said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

wow Sia! You know I am excited about this theme too since I am doing the same! I agree! Great minds think alike!

Mansi Desai said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

wow!! looks like I'm late but I'll join everyone si saying "This is great!!" I've seen so many blogs hosting potato event this month, I'm gonna cook them everyday!!:)

Dhivya said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sounds great sia..will surely participate

Archy said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Wow.. shall surely participate in ur event of Potato.. !! Very simple and easy event :)

Sia said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

@all,
I am really excited to see so many fellow blogger’s interest and love towards this humble tuber. I will look forward to all your wonderful entries with lovely pictures. Thank you dear friends.

cheers
Sia

Bharathy said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Count me in, Sweetie! :)

Shweta said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I am all set to participate!! Thanks for the great theme Sia!

Pragyan said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hi Sia, Wow, I did not know that..Potato is usually my only serving of veggie :)

Sig said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hey, great event sups... I am in, these are my favorite "vegetables" :D

Raaga said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I love this tuber... but don't make it quite as often... I have stuff stuck in my drafts and I'll post them all now :-)

AnuZi said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Novice in the foodie blogging world but full throttle participation in most of the amazing events. Ode to potatoes is an inspiring event and I cant wait to see what I can come up with. Thanks for hosting!!

TBC said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sia,
I just sent you my entry for the potato event. Please check your spam folder.:-)

Saswati said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

hi Sia!! totally new to the blogosphere,but already excited with so many events happening around me.do count me in and thanx for dropping a welcoming line in my blog...you made my day :)).

renuka said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

hi sia
Iam a first timer to your blog and an excellent one too ,will send the entry soon

Divya Vikram said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hi Sia..waiting for the roundup..Hope to get a numerous number of recipes with potato..

priyaskitchen said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

hi sia...first timer to here and have sent across an entry do let me once u receive it...njoy...

Mallika said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Wicked idea! I can see many potates being thrown at you...

Homecooked said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hey Sia,great event.I just sent you my entry.Hope you received it.

Purnima said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Sia, my first time in Participating for an event, an email has been sent,,chk ur SPAM!! :D Pls let me kno w if any inputs r missing!

Raghav said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

wonderful....I love potato's a lot....
life with out a potato is un-imaginable... whether it is chips or stuffed parota..
every where potato plays a vital part...
also potato bonda..my most favourite of all...
good work dear....

Passionate baker...& beyond said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

With the proverbial broomstick chasing me all the time, I'd better post something soon. I love spuds!! My oven baked fries didn
t reach piucture stage coz the kids got to them first...:0(...so I'll do another something. Cheers

Ben said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hi Sia, I heard of this event at Deeba's blog and I want to participate. I just blogged about a classical Mexican snack yesterday that is perfect for this event. I will edit the post and send you the information soon.

Great blog :)

Passionate baker...& beyond said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hey Sia...found my lost spuds; pictures aren't spectacular but the meal was very enjoyable! Just about to mail you. Ciao

Archana said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Hey sia, just sent you an email of the recipe for the event! Thanks for hosting

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