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Thursday, July 10, 2014

European Association for Potato Research

6-11 July 2014. Brussels. The European Association for Potato Research (EAPR) organized its 19th Triennial Conference.

This congress was held for the first time in Belgium (Brussels). It represented anopportunity for the Belgian potato industry as well as for research institutions and private companies, to share their scientific and technical know-how. 

The scientific topics of the congress focused on all of the classical aspects of the potato sector, especially the latest knowledge about sustainable and innovative techniques. Recent and innovative fundamental research and applied research results were presented, together with technological transfer and implementation for users.

The Belgian potato crop and industry have been rapidly developing in the last 15 years. In Belgium alone, the potato-cropped area increased from ca 33% during the last 15 years and the Belgian potato processing sector is now number-one in the world for export and in the top 3 for production with more than 3.5 million tons of processed potatoes.

The PAEPARD supported consortium « Le développement participatif des technologies de la pomme de terre et promotion des innovations sensibles au genre et à la conservation de l’environnement au Burundi » was represented by Prof. Jean Ndimubandi of the FACAGRO of the University of Burundi and Prof Ir. Jean-Louis Rolot of the Agricultural Research Center of Gembloux. 

WORKSHOP 5 From Research to Practice (incl. connection with EU EIP-AGRI program)
Meeting CIP: Open discussion on collaboration EAPR-CIP to promote international potato research for food security

The African Potato Association is a non-profit organization that was launched in September 1985.

The objectives of APA are:
  • To promote the interests of potato and sweetpotato workers in Africa.
  • To act as a central source of information and resource exchange.
  • To facilitate greater inter-country collaboration and horizontal exchange of information and exchange visits by scientists.
  • To stimulate the development of potato and sweetpotato research, production, and utilization in Africa.
  • To popularize potato and sweetpotato as important food items in Africa.
  • To act as a link between the International Potato Center (CIP) and other relevant associations in the world and members/member countries.
  • To monitor training opportunities to its members.

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