Potato conference gains water expert

A world expert on water use has been confirmed to speak at the World Potato Congress in Edinburgh next month.

Dr Colin Chartres, director-general of the Sri Lanka-based International Water Management Institute (IWMI), will reveal the latest results of modelling global water scarcity and food security, which will have implications for future potato production.

Last month, the IWMI won the 2012 Stockholm Water Prize for research in agricultural water management, food security enhancement, environmental health protection and poverty alleviation in developing nations.

Other international specialists talking at the event include Kevin Clayton-Greene of Australian grower body Ausveg, Herman Verveld of Dutch seed potato breeder and supplier HZPC and Dr Nora Olsen of the Idaho Center for Potato Research & Education at the University of Idaho, USA.

To find out more about the event and to register, see www.wpc2012.net.


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