Africa, Events, Fresh/ Table, Health/Nutrition/Food Safety, Organizations in the News, Production/Agronomy, Studies/Reports, Sustainability

African Potato Association Conference: Potato organizations want to leverage potatoes to address malnutrition in Africa

(Xinhua) — Potato organizations on Monday called for deliberate efforts to increase potato and sweet potatoes production for sustainable nutritious food systems in Africa.

They made the call at the opening of the 11th triennial Conference of the African Potato Association (APA) in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.

Potato and sweet potatoes present global opportunities such as enhancing dietary quality in resource-poor countries, improving productivity and farm income as well as facilitating climate change adaption, said Oscar Ortiz, deputy director general of the International Potato Center, which co-organized the event with the African Potato Association and Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources.

Besides feeding needs as a source of energy and vitamins, potatoes present opportunities through trade and processing which can boost entrepreneurship, said Romain Cools, vice president of the World Potato Congress.

Average productivity of potato and sweet potato in Rwanda is 10 tons per hectare and 7 tons per hectare respectively, and it has 101 fully functional potato collection centers in major potato producing areas, said Rwandan Minister of Agriculture Geraldine Mukeshimana.

More than 200 researchers, decision makers and development partners from 20 African countries are attending the conference that began on Monday.

The four-day event is held under the theme “Leveraging the contribution of potato and sweet potato for sustainable nutritious food systems.”

The number of undernourished people in sub-Saharan Africa rose from 181 million in 2010 to about 222 million in 2016, according to the World Health Organization.

Source: Xinhua. Original report in full here

Stockosorb 660 from Eco+

Lukie Pieterse, Editor and Publisher

[email protected]
[email protected]
Connect with me on LinkedIn
Follow me on Twitter
Visit Potato News Today on Facebook
Find us on Tumblr
About us

Kindly support our Advertisers – they make all of this possible…

Lockwood Mfg

Wyma

Tomra Food

Parkland

Greentronics

SoilEssentials – TuberZone

Tolsma

Haith

Volm Companies

Tomra Food

Receive breaking potato news in your inbox

Folks, you are most welcome to share your email address with us if you wish to receive an email alert the moment after we publish a news story on Potato News Today.

Follow PNT on Twitter

Archive of monthly posts

Dear potato friends around the world, many thanks for taking time to visit us! Stats below…

  • 650,112