We're the Irish Potato Coalition
The Irish Potato Coalition (IPC) is a consortium of international development, farm advisory and advocacy organisations seeking to promote the Irish potato as an important and valuable crop for food and nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa.
The IPC seeks to create transformational change to improve the livelihoods, food and nutrition security and resilience of one million rural poor households in sub-Saharan Africa. This will be achieved through the increased production, profitability and sustainability of potato value chains, with a particular focus on women and vulnerable groups.
The Coalition will be controlled by a board of its founder members and employ an international coordinator based in Africa to manage and to drive its work.
The IPC is not itself a project-implementing entity, but supports and advocates on behalf of projects being implemented by its members.
The Coalition founder members include Teagasc, the Irish agricultural advisory service, the Irish Potato Federation, the International Potato Centre, and NGOs Self Help Africa and Vita. UK-based NGOs Farm Africa and Concern Universal are also members.
The IPC operates across six African countries; Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Mozambique.