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Potatoes on the menu in Cusco

Joël Ngwaba Benjamin
14 June 2018
South America hosted the 10th World Potato Congress for the first time in Cusco, Peru. After North America, Europe, South Africa, China and New Zealand, Peru, the cradle of potato cultivation, has welcomed this event with open arms.

 

The World Potato Congress is held every 3 years. This year, the event gathered more than 800 experts, scientists and representatives of the potato industry in the historic city of Cusco. At the same time, the 18th Latin American Potato Association (ALAP) Congress takes place every 2 years and brings together students, researchers, business people, producers and other actors in the value chain. Regarding the World Potato Congress, an activity-filled programme was planned for the development of the worldwide production. The agenda included debates, information exchanges, discoveries and useful innovations. Biodiversity, food security and potato production and business were the main topics which have been discussed between the participants during this event.

This 10th Congress was an excellent window to showcase the sustainable use of potato biodiversity by focusing on its use in livestock farming, its relationship to health and nutrition and the challenges of in-situ conservation. This framework was also an opportunity to discuss food security by addressing the issues of varietal development, biotechnology, pest and disease control, crop and seed management and climate change. In addition, consumption and markets, post-harvest and processing technologies and culinary innovations fueled the debate on the potato business.

Among the Belgian delegation also the potato sector (Belgapom) was represented which was able to international contacts and learn new production techniques.

While this event brought together several experts, scientists and representatives of the potato industry from all horizons, Belgian researchers and representatives also took part in this congress. This representation affirmed Belgium’s leading role in development cooperation through potatoes. Among the Belgian delegation also the potato sector (Belgapom) was represented which was able to international contacts and learn new production techniques. The research and results of this congress will undoubtedly give another dimension to Belgian potato cultivation.

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Belgian stand on the potato congress
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