Over 1,000 delegates and 60 guest speakers are set to attend the World Potato Congress (WPC) at the end of the month, which is being hosted in Ireland for the first time. The 11th WPC will take place from May 30 to June 2, in Dublin’s RDS, and will hear guest speakers and experts from across the globe share their knowledge and insights on the industry.
There will be three full days of presentations and talks about the key issues dominating the industry, such as international trade, sustainability and nutrition. The fourth day of the event will see the delegates tour a number of potato farms around the country.
More than 60 speakers will feature at the event including the European Commissioner for Agriculture Janusz Wojciechowski, Dr. QU Dongyu, director general of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, and Prof. Paul Struik, from Wageningen University in the Netherlands.
Topics discussed will include the role of the potato in a changing world; the impact of the war in Ukraine on the global potato industry; potato research in sustainability; and consumer trends in fresh produce. There will also be a presentation from Canadian motivational speaker Chris Koch.