The Georgia Potato Forum will bring together key actors to review and discuss market-based approaches for adding energy to the potato sector by identifying new market opportunities and technological innovations.


16 December 2020
15:00-16:00 (GST/GMT+4)


Christopher Butler



Introductory video

Opening remarks

  • Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture (official to be confirmed) – Levan Davitashvili (minister) or Iuri Nozadze (deputy)

Opening remarks

  • USAID mission director, Piter Wibler

Opening remarks

  • CIP Asia director, Samarendu Mohanty

Overview of potato sector in Georgia

  • Ian Barker (CIP), Program Director, Global Potato Agrifood Systems
    • Current production and commercialization levels; ideas for improving profitability

Market-based approaches to potato sector development

  • Jorge Andrade (CIP), Plant Pathologist Scientist
  • Description of CIP’s work with PMCA, citing success stories from other countries and how they may be applied in Georgia
  • Q&A

Discussion moderated by Rusudan Mdivani

  • Questions to stimulate discussion:
    1. What business opportunities do you see for potato in Georgia?
    2. How will market-based approaches add energy to the potato sector in Georgia?

Closing remarks

  • Pietro Turilli (CIP), Director, Resource Mobilization