Global Reach and Impact
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 -
- 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 share ideas and knowledge promoting the potato. The World Potato Congress marked its 25th anniversary in 2018.
Since its first congress, 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:
July 1993 – Charlottetown, PEI, Canada – 500 Delegates
September 1994 – Harrogate, United Kingdom – 600 Delegates
March 1997 – Durban, South Africa – 500 Delegates
September 2000 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 700 Delegates
March 2004 – Kunming, China, – 1100 Delegates
August 2006 – Boise, Idaho, USA – 804 Delegates
March 2009 – Christchurch, New Zealand – 550 Delegates
Mary 2012 – Edinburgh, Scotland – 755 Delegates
July 2015 – Yanqing, China – 900 Delegates
May 2018 – Cusco, Peru – 716 Delegates