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The 29th Latin American Potato Congress: Focusing on sustainability and climate change challenges

The twenty-ninth edition of the Latin American Potato Congress is scheduled to take place from March 28 to 31, 2023 in Puerto Varas, Los Lagos Region, Chile. The Latin American Potato Association (ALAP) and the Chilean Potato Association (ACHIPA) have jointly organized this event, which aims to bring together attendees from all sectors of the potato industry.

“The main focus of the Congress is the sustainability of potato production and the challenges of climate change for the industry,” says Boris Contreras, President of ACHIPA, the main organizer of the event. “The theme chosen for the event is ‘The Reunion: A look at Sustainability and Climate Change‘,” he says.

Scientists, researchers, extension workers, farmers, and equipment providers, among others, have been invited to attend the event. Representatives from over 20 countries are expected to participate in discussions on topics such as breeding and biotechnology, plant pathology, cultivation and storage techniques, and nutritional value.

Presentations by guest speakers include:

  • Industrializing the potato in Latin America: Is it possible?
  • Impact of climate change on global potato production
  • Sustainability and efficient use of resources for agriculture and the potato sector
  • Experiences in the use of potato genetic resources in peasant family farming and its projections
  • New techniques for the management of soil diseases in potato cultivation
  • Emerging diseases in the world and their effect in Latin America
  • Biofortified potatoes to help reduce anemia levels in the Andes
  • Health aspects of potato consumption: starch and acrylamide
  • New challenges in potato cultivation: Yield + Quality + Sustainability. Solatenol technology
  • Ralstonia (Pseudomonas) solanacearum on potato: Its importance, epidemiology and control

Full details can be found on the Congress website here. Boris Contreras can be reached for further information at

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