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Agrifood and Horticulture

The Netherlands produces high-quality, sustainable food and has developed innovative agricultural and horticultural solutions that contribute to a healthier diet, a more secure food chain, and a robust floriculture market.

Trade
Trade

The Netherlands is one of the smallest countries in the European Union, but big in the agrifood and horticulture sectors. More than half of the Netherlands surface area of almost 9.9 million acres is used for farming.

Trade

The Netherlands is the second largest exporter of agricultural products in the world, behind only the United States. The Netherlands is most famous for its flowerbulbs, cacao, cheeses, tomatoes, vegetables and of course beers.

Trade

The Dutch greenhouse industry has an astonishing logistical network, able of delivering vegetables to the New York streets on the same day they were harvested in the Netherlands. Dutch growing, monitoring and processing tecniques are now popular export products on their own.

Innovation
Innovation

The Netherlands developed innovations that make food easy to cook while lowering the amount of sugar, sodium and fat, helping to combat diabetes and obesity. The Dutch also know how to give food superior texture and flavor so nutritional foods are more attractive to eat.

Innovation

Innovation and research are key in Dutch agriculture and horticulture. Universities and businesses are constantly looking for ways to make our ‘foodprint’ leaner and greener.

Innovation

The Netherlands is an expert in offering solutions for sustainable livestock practices and developed smart methods with animal welfare in mind.

Security
Security

The Netherlands foodsector has created smart conservation and packaging techniques to keep food fresh. It implemented scanning methods that quickly detect toxins and bacteria to keep food safe from the fields to the table.

Security

The Netherlands is committed to significantly lowering the amount of antibiotics in food to battle antibiotic resistance. Farmers have learned how to manage their livestock’s health and production with limited use of antibiotics.

Security

Within the Dutch development cooperation policy, food security is priority. The Netherlands is promoting sustainably produced food and better access to nutritious food, by making markets more efficient and by removing barriers to national, regional and world trade.

Profiles

Mark Post
Professor, Maastricht University