The World Potato Congress Inc. is a non-profit organisation supported by a group of volunteer directors representing potato jurisdictions around the world. Congress events are hosted in partnership with local host committees.
The World Potato Congress Inc. creates a value chain network to lead sustainable growth and development of the potato to meet increased global use and demand.
In 1993 the first edition of the World Potato Congress was held in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada. This initiative to gather potato professionals from all over the world was a success from the start, illustrating that all links of the global potato chain felt the need to meet and share ideas and knowledge, promoting the potato.
Since its first edition, the World Potato Congress Inc. has developed its strategy to become a global potato organisation and a major driver to promote the potato crop and consumption in the developed as well as the developing countries. The UN International year of the potato in 2008 highlighted the potential of this wonderful healthy and versatile staple food.
The triennial 11th World Congress will be hosted by the Irish Potato Federation in Dublin, Ireland.
For the first time, the Europatat Congress will also be combined with the World Potato Congress, for a week-long programme of activities in Dublin.
WPC2021 AND THE IRISH POTATO FEDERATION
The Irish Potato Federation is proud to host the 11th World Potato Congress.
Founded in 1973, the Irish Potato Federation was originally set up to promote the interests of the wholesale potato trade in Ireland and to promote potato consumption.
Today it consists of ten members, comprising potato growers, wholesalers, packers, importers and exporters of both seed and ware potatoes.
Federation members handle over 80% by volume of the annual potato production in Ireland and are recognised by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and An Bord Bia (The Irish Food Board) as the official negotiating body on behalf of the wholesale potato trade in Ireland.