CGIAR Gender News

Women scientists are driving force for the potato program in Georgia

A scientist Photo: Paul Karaimu/ILRI

In the USAID Potato Program in Georgia, led by the International Potato Center (CIP), women are challenging norms and directing important scientific work that will improve food and nutrition security for all Georgians while boosting incomes for small farmers. 

Known in Georgia as “second bread,” potatoes are a staple of family diets throughout the country. However, for potato farmers, harvests lag well below production potentials. This gap is largely due to the challenge of creating a seed system free from pests and disease.  

Fortunately, women scientists are stepping up to help increase production potential for Georgian farmers. 

Meet Dali Tsiklauri and Natia Abuladze from CIP. They are among a small (but growing) group of women in Georgia who challenge themselves through their work and dedication.