Janice Yaden Janice Yaden, Acting Program Manager, India Janice Yaden’s stories India: Chipping in to help India's farmers grow potatoes When you mention potatoes, most Americans would think “Idaho.” Few would think the Kashmir Valley in the Himalaya Mountains. But Mercy Corps did. In 2010, Mercy Corps supported an experiment growing seed potatoes in the upper regions of the Kashmir Valley. India: Shubina, the bee-keeper of Kashmir The upper Kashmir Valley, lined by the foothills of the Himalayas, is an idyllic spot for raising honeybees. Saffron and mustard flowers, apple blossoms and acacia blanket the valley.