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Agri & Food

To achieve food security for an ever-increasing population, we need to rethink the way our food system is designed. The FAO predicts 840 million people will suffer from hunger by 2030, COVID-19 could add another 100 million to this figure. Meeting the nutritional needs of the world’s population requires us to increase food production without further endangering the environment. Food that meets the highest environmental and animal welfare standards, produced in a way that is economically viable for both producers and consumers.

Farming the Future

Over the past decades, the Netherlands has established an international reputation of a highly innovative agricultural producer. But the future of farming requires innovation and adopting a new approach: accelerating a global shift towards sustainable agriculture. This can only be achieved through strong partnerships between governments, entrepreneurs, knowledge institutions and citizens.

Knowledge is key in promoting the adoption of circular agriculture worldwide. In the Netherlands, farming, horticulture and fisheries are among the most innovative sectors. With their advanced knowledge, the Netherlands aims to cooperate with potential partners worldwide in developing sustainable and smart solutions. For example, supplying high quality seeds and plants, training smallholders, restoring healthy soil conditions, improving agro-logistics, and engaging consumers.

Investment in emerging markets

The Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF) helps Dutch entrepreneurs who wish to do business in 70 developing countries worldwide. By doing business in developing countries and emerging markets, entrepreneurs contribute to economic and social improvements in these countries.

Through the DGGF, agricultural company Franzen BV for example supports Senegal in becoming more food self-sufficient by setting up farms and training its 200 farm workers, most of them women, to grow crops. According to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization, if women had the same resources and land rights as men, their yields would increase by almost a third (feeding 150 million more people).

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which disrupt economies around the world, entrepreneurs can still apply for DGGF. The Dutch government is partnering with the African Management Initiative (AMI) and Village Capital (VilCap) to offer three-month virtual bootcamps on business continuity across Africa. The programme offers practical tools and strategies to help entrepreneurs to face challenges caused by the pandemic. Thirty Entrepreneurs Support Organisations (ESOs) and 600 of their clients participated in the programme.