Did you know 2008 is International Year of the Potato? We’re talking about the world’s number four food crop – after rice, wheat and maize – and one that grows in more than 100 countries – from the Andes to China’s plateaus, from India’s lowlands to the steppes of the Ukraine. To highlight the potato’s role as a source of food, employment and income in developing countries, the United Nations and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) have launched a competition for the best photographs illustrating potato biodiversity, cultivation, processing, trade, marketing and consumption. There are separate categories for professional and amateur photographers, with information on the FAO website and the IYP website (International Year of the Potato). The deadline is September 1st 2008, with cash and camera prizes.