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HOW BELGIUM BECAME A POTATO POWERHOUSE…

Potatoes are the fourth most important staple crop in the world, representing some 19 million hectares of production. In Belgium, they’re an economic powerhouse that has seen incredible growth in the past 25 years. In 1995, Belgian factories processed some 500,000 tonnes of potatoes. Last year, that number rose to 5.08 million tonnes. Of that, 2.6 million tonnes were exported to over 160 countries. How did such a small country achieve such incredible growth? What challenges does it face, and are there opportunities for further growth?

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