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They made the call at the opening of the 11th triennial Conference of the African Potato Association (APA) in Kigali, capital city of Rwanda.

Potato and sweet potatoes present global opportunities such as enhancing dietary quality in resource-poor countries, improving productivity and farm income as well as facilitating climate change adaption, said Oscar Ortiz, deputy director general of the International Potato Center, which co-organized the event with the African Potato Association and Rwandan Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources.

Besides feeding needs as a source of energy and vitamins, potatoes present opportunities through trade and processing which can boost entrepreneurship, said Romain Cools, vice president of the World Potato Congress.

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Source of original article: International Potato Center (cipotato.org).
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