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World Potato Congress Inc. is pleased to present the Webinar: “Opening the Black Box of Losses in the Potato Value Chain”

World Potato Congress Inc. is pleased to present the Webinar: “Opening the Black Box of Losses in the Potato Value Chain” presented by Luciana Delgado, December 12, 2023 at 9:00 am Eastern Standard Time (USA/Canada). The presentation in Spanish will follow at 10:00 am Eastern Standard Time (USA/Canada) El Congreso Mundial de la Papa (World…

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Adoption of rooted apical cuttings improves the availability of high-quality seed in southwestern Uganda

Frank Kakuru, Kigezi Farmers’ Resource Centre;  Alex Barekye, Principal Research Officer at National Agricultural Research Organization (NARO), former Director of Kachwekano Zonal Agricultural Research and Development Institute (KaZARDI)  Pieter Wauters, formerly with International Potato Center in Uganda  Background  Potato is an important food and cash crop in Uganda. Traditionally grown by smallholder farmers in…

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World Potato Congress President Peter VanderZaag Receives Invitation to Address the 13th Annual Chinese Potato Expo held in Shandong Province, China

WPC President Peter VanderZaag was honoured to receive an invitation to deliver an address at the Chinese Potato Expo, held in Shandong Province, as well as attend the Global Forum of Leaders for Agricultural Science and Technology (GLAST) in Sanya, both events held this past October, 2023. Among those in attendance at the Chinese Potato…

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World Potato Congress Inc. welcomes Tuberosum Technologies Inc. as a Silver Sustaining Partner


World Potato Congress Inc. President Peter VanderZaag is pleased to announce Tuberosum Technologies Inc. as our newest Silver Sustaining Partner. “We are excited to have such a global-minded potato research and development company join our sustaining partnership,” says WPC President Dr. Peter VanderZaag. Tuberosum Technologies Inc. is an innovative potato research and development company dedicated…

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Impact of Quality Seed Potato Production in the Eastern Hills of Nepal

Binod Prasad Luitel ( and Biremdra Bahadur Rana, National Horticulture Research Center Khumaltar and Janardhan Gautam, Agriculture Research Station, Ilam Background The potato is an important food crop of Nepal, contributing to food security in mountain regions. The potato was first introduced in Nepal by a British explorer in 1793 but it became popular after…

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Developing the Potato Value Chain in Kenya

Humphrey Mburu, MD at Sereni Fries Ltd ( Faith Aiyabei, Chief Agronomist at Sereni Fries Ltd Website: Background Potato (commonly referred to as Irish potato) is the second most important food crop in Kenya after maize. Potato production in Kenya is expected to grow. Farmers are being encouraged by the government to diversify their…

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Establishing financially sustainable local seed supply systems in Ethiopia

Retta Worku (, senior advisor at SNV, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Gerrit Holtland, project manager, SNV, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Background The potato is the largest arable crop cultivated in Ethiopia covering 181,000 ha of land annually. Only 1.3% of the total seed potato is sold/transacted as certified seed fulfilling the Ethiopia Agricultural Authority’s standard. With the…

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Challenges and opportunities for seed availability and quality in Yemen

Mohammed Ali Muthanna Saleh (, Dhamar University, Dhamar, Yemen Abdul-Allah Mohammed Dhaif-Allah, Dhamar First Center for seed potato, Dhamar, Yemen Peter VanderZaag, Sunrise Potato Systems Institute, Alliston, Canada Background Yemen has experienced nine years of war resulting in a humanitarian crisis for 65% of the population, increased prices for all commodities and scarcity of agricultural…

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World Potato Congress Inc. welcomes Blair Richardson as a Board Member

The World Potato Congress is pleased to announce our newest director to the WPC board. “We warmly welcome Blair Richardson as a new member of our Board of Directors,” says WPC President Dr. Peter VanderZaag. “Blair Richardson has played a pivotal role as an International Advisor to WPC over the past year. We are pleased that he…

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Joint Efforts Address Smallholder Potato Production in Northwestern Uganda

Anna Odubi, Chairperson of ZODFA and Ojebu Women Group.

Claus Opio, Program Officer, ZODFA Peter Van Erum (Peter.van.erum@trias.Ngo), Regional Partnership Manager, Trias East Africa Background Potatoes are mainly grown in the higher altitude regions of southwestern Uganda but also in parts of the east and the northwest. One such area in the northwest is Zombo District in the West Nile subregion of Uganda. Zombo…

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