World Potato Congress

WONDERFUL NEWS FOR THE AUSTRALIAN POTATO INDUSTRY

During its Annual Meeting on September 5, 2019, the WPC Board of Directors unanimously agreed that Potatoes South Australia's proposal to host the 2023 World Potato Congress was the clear winner!

The news was announced by South Australia’s Minister of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Hon Tim Whetstone MP at our Annual Dinner and Auction of New Season Baby Potatoes on 25 October.

This will be the first time this globally significant biennial business event has ever been held in Australia. It will focus 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. There will also be consideration given to global changes in sustainability, climate, culture and population.

Furthermore, 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 and transforming food loss and waste in the value chain
  • Increasing value-adding capability

The WPC ‘Old World meets New’ theme will truly focus on the importance and position the potato will play in the future with topics for discussion and discovery at the congress to include Sustainability, Consumer Behaviour, Value-Adding, Technology in Production and Pests/Diseases, and Biosecurity.

The 2023 World Potato Congress is expected to attract over 1000 delegates to Adelaide for the week, generating $4.2 million to the State’s economy and almost forty direct jobs.

Hosting this Congress will provide a unique opportunity to UNITE the Australian industry across all sectors and along the entire value chain. We can showcase our industry, our science and our country while learning from the international community. The 2021 Congress will be held in Dublin, Ireland and we are already in contact with its local organising committee.

I extend my thanks to our national Bid Committee members who provided valuable input to the proposal and met with the International Committee of the WPC when it visited South Australia in 2017.

We look forward to working with you all to ensure we set a new benchmark for excellence in the development and execution of the WPC 2023.