The city of Adelaide in Australia will host the World Potato Congress (WPC) in 2023. The WPC will have a theme of ‘Old World Meets New’, focusing on the historical status of the potato as a food staple.
It will also focus on the innovation and technology applied to its production today, and the investment in research and development being undertaken locally and internationally.
There will be consideration given to global changes in sustainability, climate, culture and population.
Potatoes South Australia presented the WPC board with an all new initiative which also featured strongly in South Australia’s successful bid to host the event.
As of the 2023 congress, a ‘WPC Trust for Developing Nations’ will be established, the purpose of which will be to help fund potato industry research, development and education in developing nations.
The potato industry’s philanthropy in the developed world will aim to meet the following objectives including:
- Assisting in eradicating extreme poverty and hunger
- Developing global partnerships and encouraging information sharing
- Improving water use efficiency
- Increasing yields from a diminishing arable/useable area
- Increasing educational and nutritional standards
- Reducing food loss and waste in the value chain
Romain Cools, World Potato Congress President & CEO, commented: “Together with our Board and the International Advisory Committee, I am so pleased that Adelaide will host the 12th World Potato Congress in 2023.
“WPC’s ambition to become a premier global networking organisation for potato professionals includes, by definition, establishing activities in all regions and continents. Inviting the global potato scene to join us in Australia in 2023 is illustrating that sharing knowledge, experience and innovation will push this unique sector of the agro-food industry further ahead.
“We are confident that under the theme ‘Old World Meets New’ this congress will increase capacity and quality for the potato value chain in the host country as well as in all traditional and new potato growing areas in the world.”