Oct 28, 2019World Potato Congress 2023 heading to Australia
The World Potato Congress (WPC) is heading to Australia in 2023.
WPC has announced Adelaide, South Australia, as the host city for its 2023 event, which will be 12th in its history. Exact dates have yet to be announced.
WPC is held every two years. The next event is May 31-June 3, 2021, in Dublin, Ireland. Adelaide will be the first time WPC has been held in Australia.
Apart from highlighting the destination’s business events offering including accessibility, world class venues, hotels and connectivity, the successful bid, led by the Adelaide Convention Bureau and Potatoes South Australia, ultimately focused on an “Old World Meets New” theme given the historical status of the potato as a food staple, the innovation and technology applied to its production today and the investment in research and development being undertaken locally and internationally with consideration given to global changes in sustainability, climate, culture and population. Potatoes South Australia presented the WPC board with a 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 several key 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
Visit www.potatocongress.org for more information on WPC.