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The International Potato Center opens representation in Tbilisi, Georgia

The International Potato Center opens representation in Tbilisi, Geogia

The official opening ceremony of the International Potato Center (CIP) representation in Tbilisi, Georgia

October 15, 2017
The International Potato Center (CIP) opened its representation in Georgia on October 11.

The Tbilisi International Potato Center is to become the regional office, covering Central Asia and the Caucasus. It plans to implement innovative methods of potato growing and will introduce new potato breeds. It will also focus on providing educational and professional development possibilities to scientists, farmers and producers in the sector.

The official opening ceremony was attended by Rusudan Mdivani, Regional Leader of the International Potato Center in Central Asia and Caucasus, who introduced the Center and talked about its importance.

Rusudan Mdivani, Regional Leader of the International Potato Center in Central Asia and Caucasus, introduced the Center and talked about its importance.
(Courtesy: CIP)

Michael Gerba, International Potato Center Chief Operating Officer, addressed the audience, saying potatoes, like wine, are part of Georgia’s great culture.

Michael Gerba, International Potato Center Chief Operating Officer:

“I’m very glad to be in Tbilisi. Our organization will promote potato-growing not only in Georgia, but throughout the region.”

International Potato Center Chief Operating Officer Michael Gerba answering questions from the press.
(Courtesy: CIP)

Head of the Austrian Development Agency Office in Georgia, Gerhard Shaumberger, introduced the agriculture project at the event.

Gerhard Shaumberger, Head of the Austrian Development Agency Office in Georgia:

“We know that Georgians are big consumers of potatoes. This Center will promote more active consumption of potatoes in the country.”

“We will share our experience with the farmers and with our help Georgian potatoes to be free of genetically modified organisms and so be ecologically clean.”
He added that the potato harvest can be doubled in Georgia next year.

The opening ceremony of CIP Georgia was held in a beautiful setting in Tbilisi, Georgia
(Courtesy: CIP)

Yuri Nozadze, Deputy Agriculture Minister, stated that Georgia was included in the World Database of Scientific Studies which gives the country an opportunity to have more access to recent achievements in the agriculture field.

Yuri Nozadze, Deputy Agriculture Minister:

“We will continue to bring to Georgia new promising species of potatoes from the CIP.”
Georgian Scientific Research Center Head, Nodar Khatiashvili said that by working with the CIP, Georgian scientists will have an opportunity to access modern technologies and new species produced elsewhere in the world.

Nodar Khatiashvili, Head Georgian Scientific Research Center:

“This process will help our farmers to grow potatoes through locally elaborated seeds instead of imported ones.”
Founded in 1971, the International Potato Center is a member of the CGIAR, an International Agricultural Research Consultancy Group. The Center mission is to “work with partners to achieve food security, well-being, and gender equity for poor people in root and tuber farming and food systems in the developing world, through research and innovation in science, technology, and capacity strengthening”.

A memorandum of cooperation signed between the Georgian Ministry of Agriculture and the International Potato Center on January 26, 2016, led to the opening of the Center in 2017 in Tbilisi.

A five-year work plan and program has been agreed in the framework of the memorandum in order to promote the agricultural sector in Georgia.
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The International Potato Center or Centro Internacional de la Papa (also known by its Spanish acronym, CIP) seeks to reduce poverty and achieve food security on a sustained basis in developing countries.