Irish Potato Coalition Partners
The following organisations are engaged in the Collaborative Approach in the Potato Coalition.
Wageningen University specialises in Food and Food Production, Living Environment and Health & Livelihood. They have an extensive worldwide experience in potato research. It is part of a triple PhD potato research programme in Ethiopia.
Teagasc is the agriculture and food development authority in Ireland. It has recently established a Food Security Committee to develop, oversee and review its policy on international agricultural development. It is engaged with the Potato Centre of Excellence through its Walsh Fellowships Postgraduate Programme.
International Potato Centre (CIP)
The International Potato Centre, known by its Spanish acronym CIP, was founded in 1971 as a root and tuber research-for-development institution delivering sustainable solutions to the pressing world problems of hunger, poverty, and the degradation of natural resources. CIP is part of the CGIAR Consortium, a global partnership that unites organizations engaged in research for a food secure future.
Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research
The Institute has national and regional centres, provides coordination of agricultural research countrywide and is responsible for advising Government on agricultural research policy formulation.
Arba Minch University, Ethiopia
The University is based in south west Ethiopia and has 5 Colleges, one of them being Agriculture focusing on Rural Development, Agricultural Extension, Animal Science, Horticulture & Plant Science. www.amu.edu.et
United Purpose is a UK based, international development organisation tackling poverty from the grassroots. A key component of its work is food security and sustainable livelihoods through agricultural development, nurturing natural resources and access to micro-finance and markets. It has wide experience of potato development in Malawi.
Self Help Africa
Self Help Africa is an Irish based NGO that works with rural communities to help them improve their farms and livelihoods. Self Help Africa works with local staff and partners in ten countries, supporting communities to grow more food, sell their surpluses, diversify their farm production
and develop new off-farm enterprises.
Vita is an Irish based NGO fighting hunger and climate change in Africa. It works in Partnerships
in Ethiopia and Eritrea to leverage added value and achieve more than working alone. It has been engaged in potato development for over 5 years and has initiated the Potato Centre of Excellence and the Potato Coalition.
Farm Africa helps African farmers grow themselves out of poverty and end hunger forever. It helps rural families build a more prosperous life that allows them to take charge of their futures. Farm Africa operates across the east African countries of Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
Concern Worldwide is an Irish based international humanitarian organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and suffering in the world’s poorest countries. Its Livelihoods Programme provides inputs, knowledge, and training to enable people to become more self-sufficient through more productive agriculture, vegetable gardens, and livestock rearing.
Gama Gofa Zonal Administration, Ethiopia
The local government administration based in Arba Minch has taken a strong local ownership of potato development and has signed an MOU with Vita for the Potato Centre and for a wider green zone initiative. The Administration provides agricultural extension officers for training and instruction on crop production, animal husbandry and farm management.
The Irish Forum for International Agricultural Development (IFIAD) is a voluntary, multi-disciplinary platform, bringing together actors from the agri-food sector to share knowledge and good practices for the benefit of agricultural development programming and policy in support of Ireland’s development objectives.
Irish Potato Marketing
IPM is an international leader in potato variety innovation and in the production, marketing and distribution of seed potatoes. It delivers the best varieties for all potato customers through the supply of high quality seed at the start of the production chain. It has supplied 8 varieties to Eritrea for research testing and engaged in the farm trials.
Solagrow is an Ethiopian company that produces high quality seed to primary seed producers and also supports the value chain by contributing to the development of the final links to the consumers and export markets.
Irish Potato Federation
The IPF represents the main companies in the production, marketing and distribution of potatoes in Ireland and is part of Europatat, the European umbrella group for the potato trade recognised by the EU. Founded in 1973, it represents 12 wholesalers, importers and exporters of potatoes in Ireland. It has supported the work of the Potato Centre of Excellence through expert advice and by funding.
Gamo Gofa Farmers Cooperative Union, Ethiopia
The cooperative union is based in south west Ethiopia. Established in 2005 it aims to minimise and solve the critical challenges and bottle necks that have been encountered in development of new markets and in supporting farmers.