The official announcement was made on July 15 by Alberto Maurer, head of Peru’s National Institute for Agricultural Innovation (INIA), together with Barbara Wells, director general of the International Potato Center (CIP), along with other representatives of other national and international institutions during a celebration of Agricultural Research Day.
That triennial event is organized by the non-profit World Potato Congress Inc., which is dedicated to supporting the global growth and development of the potato. The designation of Peru as host country marks the first time that the congress will be held in Latin America.
The 9th WPC is going to start in Beijing, China, on July 27, with previous congresses having been held in North America, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand. Wells will accompany Peruvian authorities in a ceremony at the Beijing WPC on July 29, when Peru will officially accept the honor of hosting the next Congress.
The 10th WPC is expected to attract more than 800 potato scientists and industry representatives from around the world. It will be held in the Peruvian city of Cusco, high in the Andes. The former capital of the Incan empire, Cusco lies in a region where people have been growing potatoes for thousands of years.
Maurer observed that while Peru’s potato heritage played an important role in its proposal, WPC representatives were also interested in what Peru is doing with its potatoes today. They were impressed by the fact that Peru is Latin America’s top potato producer, and its promotion of native potatoes and potato products internationally.
For more information regarding this, please check the International Potato Center's website.