The Polish Potato Federation and Europatat, the organisers of the first Polish edition of the Europatat Congress, recently announced the main confirmed speakers of the event taking place on 6 June 2023 in Gdańsk, Poland.
The opening session of the Congress will feature guest speakers Tigran Richter, President of Europatat, Tomasz Bienkoswki, President of the Polish Potato Federation, and a representative from the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural development. The organisers also announced that they will soon share the name of the keynote speaker, who will hold an inspiring keynote speech inviting participants to think out of the “potato box”.
During the afternoon programme, a panel discussion will be held on how the changing geopolitical landscape is affecting agri-food trade in general, and potato trade in particular, in Europe and globally. The panel is composed of Antonina Skliarenko, President of the Community of Pulse Producers and Customers of Ukraine, Geoffroy d’Evry, President of North European Potatoes Growers (NEPG) and Union Nationale des Producteurs de Pommes de Terre (UNPT), Jörg Renatus, Managing Director of Europlant International, and Jarosław Wańkowicz, Supply Chain Director at Farm Frites Poland SA. Closing speaker of the event will be Berta Redondo Benito, Secretary General of Europatat, followed by a Gala Dinner at the Polish Baltic Philarmonic.
Under the slogan “The Changing Geopolitical Landscape and the Future for Potato Trade”, the Europatat Congress 2023 will focus on the impact of current geopolitics for international agri-food trade and on the effects EU’s Green Deal’s goals and new consumption trends have on the potato sector inside and outside Europe. ‘Today the European potato sector is faced with many challenges related not only to high energy prices, climate change, increased regulatory requirements and trade barriers, but also to production and consumption trends such as local food, organic, vegan, etc. and new agriculture techniques. Europatat Congress’ speakers will share with the audience their views on the main challenges related to food production and potato trade and consumption in Europe and beyond’, the organisers state.
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