Global Reach and Impact

The Organization

World Potato Congress Inc. is a non-profit organization supported by a group of volunteer directors representing potato jurisdictions around the world. Congress Events are hosted in partnership with local host committees.

- Our Vision -

To be the premier global networking organization creating opportunities by facilitating links of communication and information sharing throughout the world potato community.

- Our Mission -

The World Potato Congress creates a value chain network to lead sustainable growth and development of the potato to meet increased global use and demand.

A Brief History

In 1993 the first edition of the World Potato Congress was held in Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Canada. This initiative to gather potato professionals from all over the world was a success from the start, illustrating that all links of the global potato chain felt the need to meet and share ideas and knowledge, promoting the potato. The 10th edition of this unique congress is scheduled in May 2018 in Cuzco Peru, bringing the potato sector back to the place it all started from in the times of the Incas. This is also the 25th celebration of World Potato Congress Inc.

Since its first edition World Potato Congress inc. has developed its strategy in order to become a global potato organization being a major driver to promote the potato crop and consumption as well in the developed as the developing countries. The UN International year of the potato in 2008 highlighted the potential of this wonderful healthy and versatile staple food.


The World Potato Congress has traveled through all continents with events in:

1993 – Charlottetown, Canada July 500 Delegates
1994 – Harrogate, United Kingdom September 600 Delagates
1997 – Durban, South Africa March 500 Delegates
2000 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands September 700 Delegates
2004 – Kunming, China, March 26-29 1100 Total Registrations 700 from China 400 International
2006 – Boise, USA, August 20-26 Total Registrations 804
2009 – Christchurch, NZ March 22-25 Total Registrations 550
2012 – Edinburgh, Scotland, May 27-30. Total Registrations 755
2015 – Yanqing, China, July 27-30 Total Registrations 900