The African Potato Association (APA) is a non-profit organization formed in 1983 with a core objective to promote the production and the use of potato and sweet potato in Africa. Currently, most APA members are scientists and practitioners drawn from 20 African countries. Every three years, the APA holds a scientific meeting to review progress in potato and sweet potato research in Africa.

The meeting is also an opportunity for scientists to interact with other stakeholders in the sector through exhibitions, presentations, and panel discussions. The Ministry of Agriculture of the Malawian Government and the International Potato Center have joined hands to host the 12th Triennial APA Conference because of the critical role potato and sweet potato contribute towards Malawi’s food security, nutrition and income generation.

It will be a hybrid meeting, with 200 participants expected in person, and the rest attending virtually. The meeting begins on 26th June and ends on 1st July. This includes three days of presentations in the capital city, Lilongwe, and two days of field trips. The theme of the meeting is ‘Harnessing potato and sweet potato innovations for resilient, healthier agri-food systems’