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Celebrating the humble spud: World Potato Congress and FAO to launch the first International Day of the Potato

In a groundbreaking initiative to honor one of the world’s most vital food sources, the World Potato Congress Inc. (WPC), in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, has officially launched the International Day of the Potato, set to be celebrated annually on May 30th.

This global event, themed “Harvesting Diversity – Feeding Hope,” aims to highlight the potato’s significant role in feeding over a billion people worldwide.

The journey to establish an International Day of the Potato began in 2021, spearheaded by WPC Directors Romain Cools and André Devaux. Their vision garnered support from multiple countries, culminating in the UN General Assembly’s proclamation in December 2023.

Significance of the Potato

As the third most consumed food globally, the potato is more than just a staple; it’s a symbol of hope and resilience. The FAO’s “A Guide to International Day of the Potato 2024” offers an insightful journey from the potato’s humble origins in the Andes mountains to its status as a global food powerhouse.

2024 Celebrations

The inaugural celebration in 2024 focuses on the potato’s contribution to both producers and consumers. The theme “Harvesting Diversity, Feeding Hope” reflects the crop’s versatility and its potential in combating hunger and malnutrition.

Educational and Awareness Campaigns

The FAO and WPC are encouraging governments, civil society, NGOs, educators, and parents to engage with the provided guide and visual identity. The aim is to educate and inspire communities about the potato’s rich history and its role in our lives.

Call to Action

The campaign also includes a call to action for global participation. By using the hashtag #InternationalDayofPotato, individuals and organizations can share how they are celebrating and promoting the potato in their region.

Potential of the Potato

Beyond its current status, the potato holds untapped potential in addressing global challenges like hunger and malnutrition. The International Day of the Potato serves as a platform to raise awareness and advance the crop’s potential in these critical areas.

The International Day of the Potato is more than a celebration; it’s a movement towards recognizing and utilizing the full potential of this extraordinary crop. As we embark on this journey, the message is clear: by embracing the diversity and hope that the potato represents, we can make significant strides in feeding our world.

Source: World Potato Congress Inc. (WPC)
Related: International Day of the Potato

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