About Us

Since August 2017, Ingrid Korving is operating as the Agricultural Counselor at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Nairobi; where her working area includes both Kenya and Tanzania. For more information on the team in Tanzania, please see their website.

The Agricultural department and our colleagues at the Embassy are here to stimulate trade and investment between Kenya and the Netherlands in the Agricultural Sector and strengthen value chains by working together closely with Kenyan Institutions and the Kenyan Private Sector.
Building and fostering partnerships between Kenyan and Dutch businesses & government is key to the vision of the agriculture team. Our portfolio is therefore as diverse as the activities of the Dutch Private Sector in this country.

Reflecting the key interests of Dutch businesses in Kenya, the agriculture team assists activities in different value chains in Kenya. Key areas of interest are the horticulture, the potato, the aquaculture, the diary and livestock value chains. The Agricultural Counselor is responsible for increasing market access, knowledge and innovation; creating an enabling business environment by government to government dialogues (G2G); matchmaking between companies; trade promotion activities such as trade fairs & missions;  connecting companies to existing financial instruments provided by the government of the Netherlands; answering trade related questions; and monitoring wildlife crime.

The team can assist you with finding the right instrument for your idea and give you advice for your application. We also try to share all information on upcoming activities, trends & developments and studies done on this website. If you would like to receive updates (newsletter) or if you have any questions on the agriculture sector in Tanzania and how the team can be of assistance to you, kindly send an e-mail to nai-lnv@minbuza.nl

Working together closely with the agriculture department in Nairobi, the team is here to support your business and answer your questions.

The Team

Ingrid Korving - Agriculture Counselor

Starting in August 2017, I am currently working as the Agricultural Counsellor for Kenya and Tanzania at the Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi. Before starting as an Agricultural Counselor, I worked as the regional coordinator for Africa at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in The Hague. My fascination for Africa started already at a young age and still keeps me motivated every day.
Please feel free to contact the Agri-Team with any questions. Kwaheri!

Read the interview (in Dutch) with Ingrid Korving here: Lees interview met landbouwraad Ingrid Korving

Manou Aelmans - Junior Agriculture Assistant

Since August 2015, I am the Management Assistant for the Agricultural Department in Nairobi & Dar es Salaam. Previously, I worked for NCDO where I assisted social entrepreneurs who wanted to start a business in an upcoming economy. In addition, I helped victims of the post-election violence who were starting a business in Kenya. East-Africa is developing rapidly, opening up great opportunities for Dutch businesses and initiatives that strengthen the Agricultural Sector. I fulfill several roles within the agricultural department, from organizing a Holland Pavilion at the fairs to keeping you updated via this website. We are always interested in hearing about your latest developments, the challenges you face or great ideas, so please feel free to reach out to us.

Elizabeth Kiamba - Agriculture Officer

I am the Agriculture officer in the Agriculture department since August 2015. I previously worked in the same role in 2010 and 2012. In between I worked with the Consular department of the Embassy. Before the Embassy I worked for a private flower company for 7 years in the technical department. My role is to predominantly assist the agriculture Counselor with the agriculture agenda. This involves linking businesses both local and Dutch businesses. At the same time working closely with the Kenyan government to foster the trade agenda in agribusiness.

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Emma Verberne - Intern

This march I got the opportunity to move to Nairobi and become the new intern at the Agricultural Department at the Embassy of the Netherlands in Nairobi. While doing a masters in Sustainable Business and Innovation at Utrecht University, I became interested in the agriculture sector. Therefor I hope that I will gain a broad overview of the agricultural practices in Kenya, and see how sustainability and circularity is implemented within the agribusinesses. While I am here, I will be working on several projects (e.g. IFTEX), but also on creating an overall top five of the counties within Kenya for the agriculture sector.