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Saline farming – making saline soil productive again

Every day, 2,000 hectares of fertile land is lost around the world because of salinisation. Climate change and rising sea levels combined with the production of more food with less water (and often more fertiliser) turns once productive fields into salty, inarable terrain. This is especially problematic in countries that already struggle to feed their population. Finding techniques and technology to prevent or counter this phenomenon increases the sector’s ability to adapt to changes, such as global warming.

Optimising water use in Colombia’s palm oil industry

As the world population continues to grow, scarce resources such as water, energy and food are increasingly under pressure. To feed a population of 10 billion by 2050, we need to go beyond improving our agricultural productivity. New irrigation and fertigation methods can help us make the best of limited water resources and allow farmers to grow more crop per drop. A Dutch-Colombian partnership is working on increasing water efficiency in one of Colombia’s most important agricultural sectors: the palm oil industry.

Meet the innovators that shine a light on the Winter Olympics

The winter Olympics in Beijing saw the Netherlands take home a total of 17 medals across events. But behind all the glitz and glory, technology also plays an important role to enable athletes to compete at their best. Let us give you an insight into the innovation that lights our athletes way towards gold.

How the Netherlands uses an ecosystem approach to boost sustainable food production

Did you know that five billion people are expected to live in urban areas in 2030? How can cities continue to feed this urban population sustainably? This topic will be discussed during the Dutch Horticultural Days at Expo 2020 Dubai on 22 February 2022. The event will bring together agrifood and horticulture experts from around the world. They will explore new ways to apply an integrated ecosystem approach to boost food production.

Creating impact in cities through bottom-up initiatives

As the world approaches 2030, more and more governments and municipalities are committing  themselves to making cities more liveable and sustainable. Many initiatives are being implemented in various areas, such as climate adaptation, circular economies, and energy efficiency. All to realise the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set for 2030. We are now half way there in time, but still much needs to be done. How can we step up our efforts to safeguard our cities today and in the future?

The UAE, Jordan and the Netherlands call for a Water, Energy and Food Nexus approach

By 2050, the global population is set to increase to almost 10 billion, while 70 percent of people are expected to be living in cities. Already large swathes of the world’s population face water stress, food scarcity and energy poverty. Accelerated population growth combined with rapid urbanisation is also putting unprecedented pressure on water, energy and food. These precious resources are critical for human health, food security and livelihoods of people across the globe. What we do now will impact the survival of our own and future generations.

The UAE & the Netherlands: continuing the dialogue

Click on the mission book below for an overview of the companies attending the Expo 2020 Dubai and the matchmaking events in Abu Dhabi.       In November 2021, we presented the Netherlands to the UAE, the wider Gulf region and the global community at Expo 2020 Dubai, attended by 191 countries and millions of visitors. Since then, we have organised and facilitated several trade missions and visitations to the UAE, during which interested parties visited the Netherlands pavilion at the Expo. The March mission is the second live trade mission to the UAE, and visits the NL Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai and Abu Dhabi. This time the focus shifts to integrated and sustainable future-proof solutions for water, energy and the circular economy.