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Spirit Newsletter nº7 / July 2016

Dear Spirit Forum member,

In July, the Spirit team launched new documents in the resources section of the Spirit portal. Especially, the document Current status of potato processing and processing technologies in Kenya, which correspond to a presentation of current potato processing techniques and technologies as given by CEO of National Potato Council of Kenya during the 6th knowledge-exchange event of the “East Africa Potato Research and Knowledge Exchange Forum”.

In July, the third Joint Stakeholders’ Conference , coordinated by the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP Secretariat), has been conducted in Brussels. The aim of this conference was to bring together grant beneficiaries of the currently running projects from the three ACP-EU collaborative programmes (EDULINK II, ACP Science and Technology Programme II, and ACP Caribbean & Pacific Research Programme for Sustainable Development) to network and share experiences on project management, with a particular focus on results, impacts and lessons learnt.

New topics were added to our linkedin group this month. Check out and join at East Africa Potato Value Chain!

Next 7th-11th August, the European Association for Potato Research (EAPR) organizes the Pathology & Pests Section Meeting 2016 in Dundee, Scotland. Participants will have the opportunity to catching up with all the latest research and engaging industry representatives to share first-hand the advances related to pest and pathogens, as they remain a major constraint to food security. Moreover, invited speakers will describe some of the main potato pest and pathogen threats on each of five different continents (Africa, Asia, Australasia, North America and South America) to add context to research in Europe and how it aligns with that of other nations worldwide.

Kind regards, The Spirit Project Coordination Group


An Ecological Guide to Potato Integrated Crop Management
July 8 2016 by Makerere University
This manual forms the basis for the technical and ecological content of the potato IPM FFS. The FFS is a farmer training methodology that through experimental learning aims at enhancing an understanding of all aspects of the potato enterprise among farmers. The manual was developed under tropical upland conditions in Indonesia. Although an effort was made to generalize its content and make it applicable to other countries and environments, the user therefore should be cautious to cross-check information gained from this manual with locally existing knowledge.
Micropropagation for production of quality potato seed in Asia-Pacific
July 7 2016 by Makerere University
Asia-Pacific Association of Agricultural Research Institutions has been promoting appropriate use of emerging agri-technologies and tools in the region. This presentation on micropropagation for production of quality potato seed is one such report. It provides detailed information on various micropropagation techniques and status of their application for large scale production of disease free planting material.
Statistics on production, prices and trade in Europe potato sector
June 17 2016 by NEIKER

This article draws a portrait of the potato sector in the European Union. A range of agricultural data from a number of Eurostat agricultural statistics (farm structure survey, annual crop production statistics, agricultural prices, agricultural economics accounts) are used as well as trade and industrial production statistics to depict the various stages in the process of bringing potatoes from the field to the market.

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Fertiliser plant set for opening in August in Kenya

July 14 2016

The first fertiliser plant is set to open in western part of Kenya, Eldoret. This plant is viewed as the savoir for many farmers who have suffered from highly priced imported fertilizers. It will boost farming: increased yields including potatoes.


July 28 2016

The Minister for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Charles Tizeba will officially open the Agricultural show

New global rules tighten control of seed varieties

July 14 2016

The age-old practice of farmers replanting harvested grain now goes against intellectual property laws adopted by the government. The practice, which is rife whenever formal seeds become expensive, is a violation of set standards. This affects all seeds including potato that has suffered due to poor seed:

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10th World Potato Congress

From 27/05/2018 to 31/05/2018 — Cusco

That triennial event is organized by the non-profit World Potato Congress (WPC) 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.

20th EAPR Triennial Conference

From 09/07/2017 to 14/07/2017 — Versailles, France

For the third time since the creation of the EAPR, France is honoured to welcome the 20th Triennial Conference of the European Association for Potato Research.

After Brest in 1969, Paris in 1993, we have chosen a place of exception to celebrate the 60th birthday of our Association that is Versailles.

Jinja Agricultural Trade Show

From 11/07/2016 to 16/07/2016 — Jinja, Uganda

Jinja Agricultural trade show is an event which occurs every year in the month of July. Its aim is to show case new innovations and technologies in agricultural production, value addition, and also show casing agricultural inputs on market. Among the many exhibitors, National Agriculture and Research Organisation (NARO) show cases the new varieties of seed potato, animal breeds and agricultrual conservation practices among others. The show accomodates people from all corners of Uganda, who come to see new innovations and technologies in agriculture sector.

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