The potato crop is a major part of world’s food supply. Currently the world’s fourth most important food crop, potatoes still have the potential to feed more people. However, apart from being a key staple, potatoes are also gaining traction as a crop that offers opportunities for food processers and agribusinesses. A prominent example of this multifaceted character is the Netherlands. Over the years, the country has become a world’s top producer and internationally renowned for its practical approaches and applications in the (seed) potato industry. Cooperation between public and private sectors has resulted in innovative developments in breeding and variety development, seed production, storage, seed certification and marketing. The insights gained, coupled with worldwide partnerships, provide new opportunities for the sustainable development of (seed) potato value chains in developing countries or countries with an economy in transition. Furthermore, thanks to its strong market position, the seed potato sector in Netherlands contributes importantly to the Dutch economy.
Driving sector growth
Many lessons have been drawn from the development of the potato sector in Netherlands as well as those from other countries that have made use of the expertise and technological solutions generated in the NL. Adequate variety selection, use of clean and healthy seed, seed certification, modern production practices, storage, value addition activities, viable market channels and a conducive enabling environment are crucial factors for successful potato value chains. Also, collaboration between the government and industry can create significant opportunities to boost productivity, employment, and skills.
Implementation in practice
This course covers the complete potato chain. It addresses the role of public and private organizations – and partnerships between them – in breeding, variety development, seed production, agribusiness and marketing. Furthermore, this course gives access to the latest insights of the world’s leading Dutch knowledge organizations and private companies around the potato sector.
Course activities will comprise lectures, discussions, group work, case studies, excursions and field trips. Each of the components of the course has been specially designed to give you sufficient insight in potato value chains. And more importantly, this course creates a unique opportunity to learn from your peers around the world and share experiences with other potato enthusiasts.