The Rwanda Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources (MINAGRI), Rwanda Agricultural and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) and the International Potato Center (CIP) will cohost the 11th triennial African Potato Association (APA) conference in Kigali, Rwanda. The conference will run from 25th to 29th August 2019 at the Kigali Marriott Hotel.
The first day (25th August) will include a few speeches by the APA 2019 President, Dr. Charles Bucagu, and the Director of CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas, Dr. Graham Thiele.
The conference themed, “Leveraging the contribution of potato and sweet potato for sustainable nutritious food systems” is expected to bring together close to 200 participants. These will include researchers, development practitioners, policy-makers and entrepreneurs drawn from over 20 African countries and abroad to exchange knowledge and experiences on potato and sweet potato. Local and international private sector representatives will have the opportunity to explore potential investment opportunities in potato and sweet potato-based agribusinesses. The APA Conference will provide room for researchers to present their latest findings, conduct panel discussions with relevant stakeholders and to strengthen cooperation in the sector to continue to grow the potato and sweet potato success story in Africa.