A look to the future of the Potato: 10th World Potato Congress event to be held in Cusco, Peru

For the first time, the World Potato Congress (WPC) and the Latin American Potato Association (ALAP) will come together in the historic city of Cusco, Peru, from 27th to 31st of May 2018. According to WPC President and CEO, David Thompson, the two oganizations have agreed to stage a dual congress that will benefit the potato industry in South America and globally. The event is themed A look to the future of the Potato. It will showcase and celebrate the Andean origins of the potato. The WPC is held every three years and organized by the not-for-profit World Potato Congress Inc., dedicated to supporting the cultivation and development of potato around the world. This 10th WPC will mark the first time the event will be held in Latin America. Previous congresses were held in North America, Europe, South Africa, China, and New Zealand. The 10th World Potato Congress (WPC) and the XXVIII Latin American Potato Association (ALAP) Congress is the industry’s most important scientific and business event worldwide. 

It is an excellent showcase to promote the sustainable use of potato biodiversity (with a focus on native varieties), including how to differentiate it on the market and mine its gastronomic uses with varieties related to health and nutrition. It will serve as a food security platform and the development of business ventures.

Mr. Thompson notes more than 800 scientists and potato industry representatives are expected to attend the 10th WPC and share interests, innovations and useful information for the global development and growth of the potato. The congress is an opportunity to come into contact with the latest business and scientific advancements related to the potato.

The theme of the congress is: “A LOOK TO THE FUTURE OF THE POTATO”. Presentations during the event will cover three important components: Biodiversity, Food Security and Business. 

The biodiversity component will explore:

  • Potato biodiversity and its use in breeding
  • Potato biodiversity in relation to health and nutrition
  • Challenges on in-situconservation

The food security thrust will include:

  • Varietal development
  • Biotechnology
  • Pest and disease management
  • Crop and seed management
  • Climate change
  • Late Blight

The business aspect will cover:

  • Consumption and markets
  • Post-harvest and processing technologies
  • Culinary innovations
  • Value chains for smallholder farmers

During the congress delegates and guests will have an opportunity to participate in a number of different tours including a half day tour of city of Cusco and it’s local ruins, a full day tour of the Sacred Valley and a full day tour of Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the world.

“We want to encourage anyone involved in the industry to consider attending the 10th World Potato Congress,” said Thompson. “It is a wonderful opportunity to learn of new developments across the broad spectrum of the industry, to experience the uniqueness and flavours of Peru and to broaden one’s understanding and appreciation of South America’s diverse cultures”.

To register for the event, go to: www.worldpotatocongress2018-alap.org