Lukie P.



Lukie is the editor and publisher of Potato News Today - a no frills, no nonsense, daily account of breaking global potato news stories in five languages. This blog can be found at Lukie also publishes and maintains a blog on loss and grief - Reflections on Loss: Lukie holds a Masters degree in Sociology. He trained as a social development planner, and in a different life time he was a lecturer in Sociology at a major university in South Africa and a social planner in the Office of the Prime Minister of that country. He managed his own diversified farming operation for 10 years in South Africa, growing drip irrigated potatoes under contract for several processing companies, including McCain, Frito-Lay and Heinz. After moving to Canada in 1996, Lukie launched a consulting company with a focus on the international potato industry - Global Potato Focus Inc. Over the years he was involved in several potato consulting projects in Canada and abroad. He is currently responsible for several potato newsfeeds to potato companies' web sites, including Syngenta (, HZPC Holland and HZPC Americas. Lukie launched the Global Potato News web site in 1997. The site was acquired by Syngenta Ag in 2000, and is since then being published and hosted on Syngenta US's own agricultural information portal at where he maintains the potato section of the web site. He is the Co-Editor of the World Catalogue of Potato Varieties - a bi-annual publication documenting the characteristics of more than 4,500 commercial potato varieties cultivated in over a 100 countries. Lukie is a columnist and editorial advisor for Spud Smart magazine, distributed to several thousand readers in North America. He also writes potato related articles for Fruit and Vegetable Magazine, based in Ontario, Canada. Lukie resides on Prince Edward Island in Canada. Feel free to get in touch. Email:


  • farming / crops
  • writing / journalism
  • anthropology
  • project support
  • institutional development personnel
  • canada
  • south africa
  • germany
  • Sectors
  • Funders
  • Countries
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