The event was marked in the country by a team of experts discussing the state of potato farming in Kenya on Standard group media channels
The Potato is already an integral part of the global food system. It is the world’s number one non-grain food commodity with the total world potato production being estimated at 388,191,000 tonnes in 2017 (Source: FAOSTAT, 2019). The year 2008 was declared the international year of the potato by the United Nations, noting that the potato is a staple food in the diet of the world’s population. To mark the end of International Year of the Potato, the Food and Agriculture Organization affirmed “the need to revive public awareness of the potential contribution of the potato to defeat poverty, food insecurity, and malnutrition.’’ As a result, August 19th of every year marks the National Potato Day celebrated only in USA.
To mark this special day, NPCK joined a team of potato experts and discussed the state of potato farming in the country and the steps taken to support development of potato subsector. This event was live on KTN News and KTN farmers T.V with the theme; “Shaping the future of potato industry: sustainably, responsibly and efficiently”.
NPCK and partners are lobbying for the day to be celebrated globally. Meanwhile, the World Potato Congress and International Potato Center (CIP) are in consultation on possibility of launching an international potato day.
The national potato day is celebrated in the USA every 19th of August. Stakeholders are working towards having a National Potato Day that will be celebrated worlwide.