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Preparing Nigerian horticulture for the future

The world’s population is expected to grow by 9 billion people in 2050. To increase the supply of high quality and nutritious food, we must come up with innovative solutions that boost production and restore nature and biodiversity. The Netherlands is stepping up its contribution towards achieving global food security. In Nigeria, a group of Dutch companies founded the Seeds 4 Change (S4C) programme, to support the local horticulture sector to become self-sufficient.

Creating a blueprint for a blue economy

With the need to provide food and energy for a global population of 9.5 billion by 2050, pressure on the use of space will increase. The world’s oceans and seas could provide the answer. They are vast, covering 70 percent of the planet. However, not belonging to man’s natural habitat, humanity has largely ignored the depth of potential within them.

Smart Cities and the valuable role of communities

As our cities change rapidly, it is difficult to predict how to meet citizens’ needs in the next 30 years, considering the multitude of challenges currently facing the world. Today, the impact of COVID-19 has affected cities around the world. Local communities play an important role in supporting governments to keep people safe and maintain economic performance in some industries.

Changing the game together

Sport is an important enabler of sustainable development. With the aspiration of leaving no one behind and its promotion of tolerance and respect, it can be used as a platform to continue advancing economic development, encourage social inclusion and embrace environmental protection.

UN75: Shaping our future together

In 1945, the world united in laying the foundations of the United Nations (UN), in an endeavour to create international solidarity and a shared commitment to peace and security. Today, the organisation still plays an important role in fulfilling these two principles and the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDG16) that are tied into them. The Netherlands is proud to be a member of the UN and works closely with other countries to defend peace and justice worldwide.

Let’s close the loop on the textile industry

The Netherlands is aiming to develop a fully circular economy by 2050. An economy without waste, where everything runs on reusable raw materials. This goal brings significant challenges to the textile industry: an industry known as one of the most polluting in the world. Although part of the sector is already engaged in and committed to the circular effort, large parts of the industry have not yet made the transition.

Making mouth masks from waste to fight unemployment, poverty and COVID-19

At the beginning of the pandemic the International Labour Organization predicted half the world’s workforce stood to lose their jobs immediately. Most of them in the informal economy and developing world. This means most people who lost their jobs would have no protections against unemployment. In Uganda social enterprise Eco Brix has teamed up with Dutch high tech company TMC to build a machine for producing mouth masks. In doing so, they are fighting unemployment, poverty and COVID-19 at the same time.