Highlights Agroberichten Buitenland week 41, 2023

Highlights Agroberichten Buitenland is de wekelijkse nieuwsbrief van het Landbouwattachénetwerk. U wordt iedere week geattendeerd op nieuws, activiteiten en achtergrondinformatie van onze landbouwteams die werkzaam zijn op de economische afdelingen van 60 Nederlandse ambassades en/of consulaten en van daaruit 80 landen bedienen. Via de link onderaan kunt u collega's attenderen om zich ook te abonneren.

Interview met terugblik landbouwraad: kansen voor Nederlandse bedrijven in Algerije en Tunesië

De afgelopen vier jaar was Sabrina Waltmans landbouwraad op de Nederlandse ambassade in Algiers. Haar werkgebied: Algerije en Tunesië. Inmiddels is ze terug in Nederland maar ze kijkt met veel voldoening op haar tijd als landbouwraad terug. ‘Klimaatverandering en waterschaarste spelen in beide landen een grote rol,’ vertelt ze. ‘Zo zijn stuwmeren soms nog maar voor 10% vol. Waterslimme oplossingen zijn hard nodig.’

Kansen voor Nederlandse bedrijven in Algerije en Tunesië

In gesprek met landbouwraad Sabrina Waltmans

EUROPA - Duitsland: innovatiemissie Alternatieve Eiwitten

Eind september vond de Innovatiemissie Alternatieve Eiwitten Duitsland plaats. Met een delegatie van 7 start- en scaleups en 2 kennisinstellingen werden enkele hoofdrolspelers in de Duitse eiwittransitie bezocht. Deze missie werd georganiseerd door FH Münster, RVO, Oost NL en LAN Duitsland.

Innovatiemissie Alternatieve Eiwitten Duitsland

- Frankrijk: veestapel krimpt gestaag, klimaatdoelen veehouderij worden vanzelf gehaald

De Franse veestapel krimpt de afgelopen jaren met een paar procent per jaar, en die krimp zet naar verwachting door. Daarmee worden klimaatdoelstellingen gehaald zonder dat harde ingrepen nodig zijn. Toch is er veel onrust bij veehouders, en vertrouwt men de politiek niet.

Frankrijk: veestapel krimpt gestaag, klimaatdoelen veehouderij worden vanzelf gehaald

- Hungary: apples and walnuts looking good, maize challenged by soya

Apple harvest doubled compared to 2022; walnuts look good but face market competition; maize farmers eyeing soya; dairy industry struggles due to inflation; food industry fidures declined; premium pork making a comeback; act proposed on banning energy drinks for minors. Read more in this weekly briefing on agriculture, food and nature news in Hungary

Hungary: Apples and walnuts looking good, maize challenged by soya

A cart packed with freshly harvested apples is placed between apple trees in an orchard.
Beeld: ©Jill Wellington

- Poland: PIB soil Improvement in action

In November 2022, the 3-year PIB project on improvement of soil quality in Poland was signed. The project consists of a consortium of Dutch companies who are, with support of the Dutch government, working together in Poland. Part of the project is the joined participation in exhibitions, as well as a visit to the Netherlands of relevant Polish stakeholders.

Poland: PIB Soil Improvement in action

- Spain could lose 4.4% of GDP if climate change policies are not more forceful

Environmental policies to achieve the Paris Agreement are already supported from an economic point of view. The Spanish think tank OIKOS has published a pioneering study that reveals the possible consequences for Spain if current global decarbonisation policies are maintained until 2050.

Spain could lose 4.4% of GDP if climate change policies are not more forceful

- Türkiye: investments in geothermal greenhouses in Afyonkarahisar contribute to the national economy

Geothermal greenhouse farming, which was started 41 years ago by the public sector in the city on an area of 3.5 decares, has reached 1613 decares with investments - Provincial Director of Agriculture and Forestry İbrahim Acar: "There are 14 countries such as Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Russia and the United Arab Emirates that we have given export permits. In geothermal greenhouses, 80 thousand tonnes of bunch tomatoes are produced annually. This creates an export potential of approximately 1 billion 600 million Turkish Liras."

Türkiye : Investments In Geothermal Greenhouses In Afyonkarahisar Contribute To The National Economy

greenhouses Afyonkarahisar2

- Ukraine: why is it important to support craft producers?

Support of local entrepreneurship contributes to sustainable development of the local communities, reducing migration, creating new jobs and strengthening families where it is a family business.

Why is it important to support craft producers in Ukraine?

Incredible Craft Bag

AFRICA - Côte d’Ivoire: Netherlands representation at SARA

Last week, Dutch companies and government representatives travelled to Côte d’Ivoire for the 6th edition of the SARA (Salon international de l’Agriculture et des Resources Animales), an event bringing together stakeholders from all over the world to raise awareness on agricultural practices. With over 120 organisations from the Netherlands, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Morocco and Niger, among others, there were plenty of opportunities for new international partnerships. 

Netherlands representation at SARA in Côte d’Ivoire

- Ethiopia: revitalizing landscapes and ecosystems in Central Rift Valley

The Ziway-Shalla Basin in Balance program addresses the root causes of the decline in water quantity and quality in the basin. The program uses an integrated landscape approach to support farmer communities in improving their productivity, using water more efficiently and restoring soil fertility in the landscape. The program is a public-private partnership financed by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) that runs from 2019 to 2024.

Revitalizing landscapes and ecosystems in Ethiopia’s Central Rift Valley

Central Rift Valley

AMERICAS - Canada: a resilient and equitable food system for future generations

Nature-inclusive agriculture is gaining popularity among Canadian farmers. By combining indigenous agriculture with new innovative methods, they can reduce their environmental impact and improve the resilience of their farms. Unfortunately, that is not as simple as it seems. More research, education, and policy support are needed as well as continued discussions with relevant stakeholders, such as Wageningen University & Research (WUR).

Canada wants a resilient and equitable food system for future generations

Eugene Ross, an Elder at Wipazoka Wakpa Oyate, or Sioux Valley Dakota Nation, harvests sage near his home.
Beeld: ©Mikaela MacKenzie / Winnipeg Free Press

ASIA - Indonesia: digitalization of agri-food sectors

Indonesia and the Netherlands have seen rapid growth in their tech ecosystems. The Netherlands prioritizes agrifood global chains, while Indonesia aims for high-tech agri-food development in its economic plans. Digitalizing agriculture, named "Agribusiness Digitalization," is crucial for efficiency and worker well-being. However, Indonesia's agriculture sector remains under-digitalized despite significant investments, requiring greater focus.

Digitalization of Agri-food Sectors in Indonesia

- South Korea: strong Dutch presence at the biggest livestock expo

The livestock sector is one of the backbones of the rural economy in the Republic of Korea. Meals in the country often include pork, beef, or chicken. Also, dairy products are increasingly popular. The geographical realities in Korea (mountainous and unsuitable for large-scale fodder production) and an aging rural population make for a dependency on imports and high-tech technologies to boost local productivity.

Strong Dutch presence at the biggest livestock expo in Korea

- Thailand: aiming for 55% of the Kingdom to be green space

From 31% or 16.35 million ha of forest area in 2021, Thailand aims to increase the Kingdom’s forest area to 20.70 million ha or 40% of the country’s total area according to the 13th National Economic and Social Development Plan (2023 – 2027) and National Strategic Plan (2018 – 2037). Thailand has the ambition  to increase the total green space (natural forest, economic forest, urban green) to 55% of the total country area by 2037, 

Thailand aims for 55% of the Kingdom to be GREEN space

Beeld: ©Royal Forest Department

- Vietnam: youth participants is key for a sustainable future in agriculture

With 3 generations of coffee farmers in the family, 33-year-old Hoan from Minh Toan Loi Cooperative is expected to take the legacy of the older generations and lead the family get out of difficulties due to the dramatic decline in coffee productivity. When the elders have been wondering for the reason of coffee deterioration, Hoan believes that the usage of large amount of chemical fertilizer has deteriorate the soil. Hoan is the leader of a youth group that participated in the Youth Kick-Off Workshop for clients of Agriterra in 2021.

Youth participants is key for a sustainable future in Vietnam’s agriculture

Beeld: ©Agriterra


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