In different geographies potatoes are being grown mostly by small-scale farmers in a low-input/low-output system. Production levels continue to be very low while the demand is growing steadily due to economic growth and urbanization. As a crop, the Potato has the potential to make a significant contribution to food and nutrition security in specific agro-ecosystems. It can have an immediate and long-term impact on poverty, employment and entrepreneurship, food insecurity, and climate change resilience, especially for vulnerable communities.
The role of the Dutch sector
The Dutch potato sector has a strong global reputation, also in Africa and Asia. However, stakeholders in the Dutch potato sector realise that a collective contribution to improving potato production systems and markets in those geographies demands a more integrated and targeted approach. It requires a joint ambition and partnerships between industry, government, regulatory bodies, knowledge and educational organizations, civil society and farmers’ organizations.