May 16, 2023
World Potato Congress adopts Declaration of Dublin to address food insecurity

The World Potato Congress has adopted the Declaration of Dublin: Fostering Potato Partnerships for Food Security, a global pledge to share knowledge and success stories in the potato industry.

The move is an effort to address global poverty and help food-insecure countries, according to a news release. The congress also aims to advance public-private partnerships fostering innovation focused on increasing yields in low-producing nations.

Bunch of PotatoesPeter VanderZaag, WPC president, “envisions that WPC directors, international advisors, sustaining partners and others will join in the mission to work together to meet the needs of those who live in food insecure places through improving potato production as a great food,” according to a news release.

Already, 10% of the funds received under the WPC Platinum Sustaining Partnership are used towards this vision.

The WPC also supports the recently published UN Sustainable Development Goals, a list of 17 global objectives including no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, and affordable and clean energy.

“The declaration creates inspiration for the 12th World Potato Congress being held in Adelaide, Australia, June 23-26, 2024, by providing a global forum to foster collaboration and to establish partnerships to further address the needs highlighted in the Declaration of Dublin,” Nigel Crump, co-organizer of WPC 2024 Adelaide, said.

During the next few months, the WPC board of directors and international advisors will explore how to best provide connections and networking under the umbrella of the Declaration of Dublin (pdf).

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