The successful Dutch agribusiness is a result of various factors, in which private companies, knowledge organisations and government played an active and interactive role. Built on a long tradition of international trade, which brought the Dutch all over the world in centuries past, the agro-food sector is based on family enterprises.
Through strong collaboration between private and public sector with knowledge institutions, innovations could take place and investment in research and development started to pay off. In present times we speak of the “golden triangle”, indicating strong collaboration between the three mentioned parties, which has proven to be so successful in the Dutch agro-food complex. Collaboration toke further shape in the formation of cooperatives, thus forming strong private enterprises, and of branch organisations and product boards.
The economic state of Dutch agribusiness is annually revised and reported by the Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI), part of Wageningen University & Research Center. A summary of the last update can be viewed in attached publication. In it developments in the Dutch agricultural chains are reviewed, alongside rural and nature policies and updates on the various sectors.
The role of the government in this complex is setting rules and regulations and facilitating the private sector and knowledge institutes. There is for example a strong link between the green education and the Ministry of Agriculture.
Since 2010, the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture has been merged with the Ministry of Economic Affairs (http://www.government.nl/ministries/ez) and is for a large part organized within the Directorate General AGRO within the Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Minister of Agriculture, Mrs. Sharon Dijksma, and the Minister of Economic Affairs, Mr. Henk Kamp, are members of the Cabinet of Ministers. Also the Directorate for Nature and Regional Policy is related to the agrofood complex in the Netherland. Further, the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA; http://www.vwa.nl/english) is placed under the responsibility of the Ministry of Economic Affairs through an Inspector General. The task of the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority is to protect human and animal health. It monitors food and consumer products to safeguard public health and animal health and welfare. The Authority controls the whole production chain, from raw materials and processing aids to end products and consumption.
The Ministry promotes the Netherlands as a country of enterprise with a strong international competitive position and an eye for sustainability. It is committed to creating an excellent entrepreneurial business climate, by creating the right conditions and giving entrepreneurs room to innovate and grow. By paying attention to nature and the living environment. By encouraging cooperation between research institutes and businesses. This is how we enhance our leading positions in agriculture, industry, services and energy and invest in a powerful, sustainable country.
Dutch agricultural offices in the MENA
The Dutch agricultural offices abroad, as integral parts of the Embassies of the Netherlands, were established to optimise the support given by the Ministry to the internationalisation of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality outside the Netherlands. On more than 40 locations all over the world trained employees of the agricultural offices are ready to assist Dutch agricultural small and medium-sized enterprises in their activities on foreign markets (www.landbouwraden.nl).
The Agricultural Offices abroad also function as a liaison between Dutch agriculture, food, agri-business, fisheries, nature management organisations and agricultural research institutions and their counterparts.
In the MENA regions, agricultural offices are located at the Embassies of Rabat, Cairo and Riyadh, with support offices at the Embassy of Algiers and the Consulate General in Dubai, covering North Africa and the GCC countries. Other parts of the MENA are services for the agro-food complex by the Embassies of the Netherlands in their respective capitals. The agricultural offices can be contacted for information on business opportunities with the Netherlands and other information on the agro-food sector in the Netherlands.
This website is aimed at providing business contacts in agro-food to the private sector, the public sector, and the knowledge institutes in the Middle East and North Africa (=MENA), by offering a database of companies and services in the Netherlands, already active in the MENA region, or looking for market access possibilities. At present, the companies which are presented are categorized in three sub-sectors: ‘Fisheries & Aquaculture’, ‘Horticulture’ and ’Poultry’. These are considered to be interesting fields of cooperation between the MENA region and the Netherlands. As this website develops over time, other sub-sectors can be added. Companies who are active in the MENA region, or who are seriously taking steps to become active, are invited to contact us for submission of a company profile.
Additionally, the site provides general information on events, news, publications, structure of the Dutch agro-food complex and educational institutes and background information.
Also if you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.