Training course: Integrated management of potato culture

Lima, Peru

The International Potato Center (CIP) in partnership with the Korea-Latin America Food & Agriculture Cooperation Initiative (KoLFACI) will hold the training course “Integrated Management of Potato Culture” in Lima, Peru from April 1 to 5, 2019.

The general objective of the course is to train researchers and technicians from KOLFACl member countries in integrated potato crop management, including practices prior to planting, through cultivation, and during processing and marketing.

The Specific Objectives are:

  • Update researchers and technicians from KOLFACl member countries on current developments in potato cultivation, based on results from research carried out by CIP, with particular emphasis on climate change.
  • Train participants in the use of platforms and protocols for the collection of agronomic and meteorological data relating to potato cultivation.
  • Promote experience exchange between researchers and technicians from participating countries in order to enhance knowledge and technical skills for improved agronomic management of potato.


February 1-25:  Invitation to Participants

February 18-20:  Results publication

CIP and KolFACI will cover the following expenses related to the course for 11 participants:

  • Transport to Lima
  • Travel insurance
  • Accommodation in the CIP dormitories
  • All meals

To access this financing the requirements are:

  • Potato researchers/technicians from the member countries of KOLFACI.
  • Fill online form and attach the requested documents until February 25.

Selection of participants:

  • Gender Equality: Equity in the distribution of participants (50% male and 50% female).
  • Age: Young researchers will be prioritized (junior to intermediate).
  • Specialization: Preferably with experience in potato cultivation.
  • Projection: Possibility of future inter-institutional scientific collaboration.

Training will be in Spanish, over a period of 5 days from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm, for a total of 31 hours, plus 6 hours of practice in laboratory.

The course consists of theoretical sessions, with a series of lectures delivered by CIP scientists on training topics. Reading material will be provided, along with protocols and training manuals. Sessions will be based around Powerpoint or Prezi presentations, videos, and analysis of scientific articles. All relevant materials will be handed out to participants in USB sticks at the beginning of the course.

Estimated time for each lecture is 45 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for questions and answers. Practices on diseases diagnostics will be carried out at CIP Laboratories.

At the beginning of the course an initial evaluation of participants’ knowledge will be carried out, which will then be contrasted with a final evaluation at the end of training. A general survey on participants’ knowledge about the situation of potato cultivation and production in their respective countries will be available to be filled in online to identify the level of knowledge and awareness about the crop amongst course participants, and to also provide course trainers with a better understanding of the reality of potato cultivation in each of the countries. Additionally, at the end of the course, participants will be requested to fill in a Satisfaction survey in order to gather feedback and be able to identify lessons learned and good practices for future implementations.

DAY 1 – April 1, 2019
Welcome O. Ortiz
H. Campos
Introduction J. Andrade-Piedra
W. Pérez
Topic 1: Identification of potato pests and diseases: main contrainsts and integrate management S. Fuentes
W. Pérez
H. Gamarra
G. Muller
DAY 2 – April 2, 2019
Topic 2: Monitoring insects and plant pathogens

S. Gamboa
H. Gamarra
P. Carhuapoma
M. Ramos
Y. Gomez

DAY 3 – April 3, 2019
Topic 3: Quality potato seed production systems

K. Sanabria
R. Orrego

Topic 4: Potato varieties with resistance to abiotic and biotic stress and high nutritional content

M. Gastelo
E. Salas
G. Muller

DAY 4 – April 4, 2019
Topic 5: Databases for potato breeding programs V. Hualla
G. Muller
Topic 6: In situ and Ex situ potato germplasm conservation

R. Gomez
R. Vollmer
B. Zea
R. Falcón

DAY 5 – April 5, 2019
Topic 7: Strengthening potato value chains C. Fonseca
Topic 8: Farmers Field School (FFS) R. Orrego
Topic 9: Participatory Varietal Selection (SVP) C. Bastos