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The potential of hybrid potato for East-Africa
Potato is an important staple crop in East Africa. Most of the seed tubers are propagated in informal systems, whereby the tubers become deteriorated and contaminated, resulting in low crop yields. Potato breeding has not resulted in significantly improved varieties that overcome these constraints. Recently, true potato hybrid breeding technology has been developed, whereby diploid hybrids are generated by crossing between homozygous inbred parent lines. The first series of experimental hybrids were pre-screened in The Netherlands and ten representative hybrids were tested in East-Africa, whereby the yield of the best hybrid was 29 ton/ha. These results show the great potential of hybrid potato for East Africa.
How can Solynta make its True Potato Seeds available to developing countries in a socially and economically responsible way, in order to contribute to feeding the world’s growing and often malnourished population?
In the context of ‘Feeding the World’, Food Valley NL is organising a True Potato Seeds Hackathon together with Solynta, Wageningen UR, HAS Hogeschool, Van Hall Larenstein and SoilCares Foundation.
Students are invited for the True Potato Seeds Hackathon. Please join when you have a background in: Social entrepreneurship, plant sciences & plant biotechnology, soil analysis, food technology, (world) food security, international development studies, international business & trade, innovation strategies, intellectual property, geo-information sciences, ICT and ethics.
We have lent the term Hackaton from the world of computer programming: it represents a pressure-cooker event in which a large number of people meet to engage in collaborative computer programming. However, our Hackathon is not about computer programming. Replace ‘collaborative computer programming’ with ‘creating new business models’ and you know what we are going to do on September 9.
During our True Potato Seeds Hackathon we are asking 36 students from different (applied) universities to come up with promising business models on introducing True Potato Seeds in Africa. Students are asked to work in interdisciplinary groups. Information can be found through the internet, but also by consulting experts who are present.
In the presence of HRH King Willem Alexander, the Dutch Government through Minister Henk Kamp honored Solynta as Dutch National Icon for its breakthrough discovery Hybrid Potatoes “This breakthrough technique makes it possible to grow potatoes from true-seed instead of seed-tubers and makes targeted breeding possible. Valuable traits can now be utilized, like disease resistance, nutritional value, and higher yields” Solynta underlines with this project the important Dutch contribution to the global food supply.”
Link to press release
Link to video National Icon
We happy to announce that Solynta was chosen as the winner of the 2012 Food Valley Award EXPO. Information about this announcement from EXPO can be found here.
The promotion clip can be found here.
Voor het Nederlandse persbericht van de Food Valley Award, klik hier.
For the English press release of the Food Valley Award, click here.