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Dutch Potato Industry establishes Holland Innovative Potato (HIP) for major investment in research

Dick Hylkema (Managing Director, NAO) will chair the board of the newly established organisation Holland Innovative Potato (HIP)

Ten Dutch potato (processing) companies and two associations have established Holland Innovative Potato (HIP) to facilitate and coordinate joint pre-competitive research activities.

Research is focused on improvement of the quality, yield and efficiency in the cultivation, logistics and processing of potatoes. The objective is to create practical solutions for products and processes that can be implemented by 2027 in order to strengthen the position of the potato as a global food crop and to enable the potato supply chain to meet consumer demands.

The participants in Holland Innovative Potato (HIP) include the six major potato processors operating in the Netherlands, several potato breeding companies and the association of the potato processing companies (VAVI) as well as the association representing the potato trade (NAO).

Board members

The participating organisations have appointed a board for Holland Innovative Potato (HIP), consisting of Dick Zelhorst (Aviko), Robert Graveland and Dick Hylkema (NAO). The board members are appointed for three year. Dick Hylkema is taking on the role of chairman. Bernard de Geus is appointed as HIP coördinator, while Hylke Brunt (VAVI) will become HIP secretaris.

Building blocks

HIP will be created from building blocks, each block consisting of a separate research program. These blocks together in cohesion are expected to drive potato research focused on quality, yield and efficiency.

A first bock is now starting in the form of call for research projects for a HIP NWO-TTP partnership. This partnership is financed by the 'Nederlandse Wetenschappelijke Organisatie voor Onderzoek (NWO)', research area 'Toegepaste en technische wetenschappen' (TTW), the members of Holland Innovative Potato and the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs.
 

Call for Projects

The call for projects was opened by NWO-TTW on September 21, 2017 and project proposals should be submitted prior to January 11, 2018.

A total budget of € 4,5 million is available for the first Holland Innovative Potato research building block.
 

Participants Holland Innovative Potato (HIP)
 

Participants Holland Innovative Potato (HIP) include the six major potato processors operating in the Netherlands:
 four companies active in potato breeding:
 and two associations representing the sector:
 
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