Building healthier, sustainable diets and influencing consumer behavior
Potential of iron biofortified potato to contribute to reduce malnutrition in sub-saharan Africa
Gabriela Burgos

International Potato Center



Burgos is a Senior Research Associate in the Genetics, Genomics and Crop Improvement Department at the International Potato Center (CIP) in Lima, Peru.

Burgos’ work focuses on assessing nutrient and antinutrient content in potatoes, as well as issues of bioaccessibility and bioavailability of root and tuber crops. Burgos has worked at CIP since 2004, leading projects to reduce malnutrition in Asia, Africa and Latin American through the improvement of iron, zinc and beta-carotene in potatoes and sweetpotatoes.  

From 2008 to 2020, Burgos participated in the “potato biofortification” project, funded by Harvest Plus and the “Potato Population Improvement” program funded by the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas and USAID. In this work she led the work on biofortifying potato with iron and zinc through improved biofortified potato breeding populations

She is an author and co-author of more than 20 scientific papers in ISI journals and the lead author of the chapter, “The Potato and Its Contribution to the Human Diet and Health,” which appeared in the Springer volume, The Potato Crop.