The World Potato Congress (WPC) has officially adopted the Declaration of Dublin: Fostering Potato Partnerships for Food Security, which details how to support countries struggling with food insecurity, a May 15 news release said.

“There is a disparity between the high yields and low yields within some regions of the world. In countries where the national average yields are considered very low, there are examples of innovation that have led to much higher overall performance of the potato crop and its utilization,” the release said, noting discussions about this have happened at the past few Congresses.

Public-private partnerships are often the drivers behind these breakthroughs. The Dublin Declaration will promote the linking of partners together to share knowledge and success stories in the global potato industry, the release said.

In a statement in the news release, WPC President Peter VanderZaag said he “envisions that WPC directors, international advisors, sustaining partners, and others will join in the mission to work together to meet the needs of those who live in food insecure places through improving potato production as a great food.”

The release noted that already 10 percent of the funds received under the WPC Platinum Sustaining Partnership are used for this. The WPC board of directors and international advisors will be exploring how best to provide linkages and networking opportunities under the umbrella of the Declaration of Dublin over the next few months.


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