Kenya and the Netherlands strengthen trade relationship with launch of Agricultural Working Group

On the 8th of July 2019 the Dutch Vice Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Ms. Marjolijn Sonnema, and the Kenyan Cabinet Secretary of Agriculture, Mr. Mwangi Kiunjuri launched the first bilateral Agricultural Working Group. This is a new landmark in the long-standing bilateral cooperation in sustainable agriculture, which dates back more than five decades. The Agriculture Working Group will meet annually, aiming at concrete, innovative and mutually beneficial solutions that will contribute to a strong agri-business climate. 

Beeld: Joost Bastmeijer
The First Agriculture Working Group is held in Nairobi

Agricultural Working Group

Kenya and the Netherlands have a long history of successful cooperation in agriculture. Key areas of cooperation are in the horticulture, potato, aquaculture and dairy sectors. Dutch expertise and technologies are shared throughout entire value chains. Both Kenya and the Netherlands heavily depend on agriculture and international trade for economic growth. Their respective policies also reflect this: agriculture and food security play a central role in the Big Four agenda of President Uhuru Kenyatta as well as the Netherlands’ innovative circular economy policy. In light of their long-lasting cooperation and shared ambitions, the Netherlands therefore proposed to formalize the bilateral relationship in agriculture in so-called Agricultural Working Groups (AWG).

For more information on the Agriculture Working Group and the visit of Vice Minister Sonnema to Tanzania, please click here.

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