PILLAR 2 Contribution to food security



The worldwide food demand continues to grow immensely. A growing world population and greater prosperity in various parts of the world explain this growth. Only a small part of the growing food demand can be produced on new, to be developed agricultural land.

This growing food demand will have to be met, for the most part (80%), by higher yields on existing agricultural land. As market leader in potato breeding, we have a major responsibility in this respect.


Theme - feeding more people around the world

Material aspect

Ambition 2020

Results 2016/2017

Develop new adapted varieties Develop 5 new, adapted varieties annually 13 new varieties were added to the catalogue of varieties

Share knowledge with clients in order to reduce harvest loss, waste of raw materials

Workshop about breeding for developing countries

Small farmers, big deal – empowerment of farmers' organisations in developing countries

Advice from product managers all over the world

Exporting to more countries

1 new country per year (up to 2020)

Giving small scale farmers in Africa access to high-quality seed potatoes

From 87 countries in 2013 to 92 countries in 2017

Partner in Seeds2B project


Theme - take care of genetic resources

Material aspect

Ambition 2020

Results 2016/2017

Ensuring genetic diversity Supporting and cooperating with gene banks all over the world

Collaboration with CIP in Peru,
Wageningen gene bank in the Netherlands,
SASA gene bank Scotland

  Policy for intellectual property & breeders' exemption Communication of vision