Holland Innovative Potato – a project in which Wageningen University & Research is one of the main partners - has visualised the research towards a more sustainable and future-proof protato production in a series of knowledge clips. In the videos, researchers explain how increased yields can be increased using less fertiliser and fossil fuels, and how yield losses can be limited with less pesticides and stronger varieties. These approaches will allow greater circularity in the global food system.
The availability of fertile land and sufficient fresh water will be the major challenges for global agriculture over the next few decades. Potato is a highly efficient crop in terms of water and land usage, with the potential to contribute to sustainable food production. Potatoes are also a good source of protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and nutrients, all of which contribute to a healthy diet. New breeding and processing techniques are now available to help the potato, as a an important global crop, to fulfil its potential.
Holland Innovative Potato
The Netherlands is a global leader in potato breeding, production, processing and research. Holland Innovative Potato (HIP) was established in 2017 to explore and implement improved sustainability in the potato production chain. HIP members include companies and organisations involved in breeding, selling and processing potatoes. The research is funded by HIP members, the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, and the Dutch Research Council (NWO), and carried out by the University of Groningen, University of Amsterdam, and Wageningen University & Research.
A number of short videos are now available online in which the researchers summarise the innovations they are researching in potato cultivation and breeding. Through these videos, HIP hopes to show what the researchers are doing, the approach they are taking, and why the research is being done. The following questions are adressed: