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.
The Netherlands is one of the smallest countries in the European Union, but big in the agrifood and horticulture sectors. Nearly half of the Netherlands' surface area of 10.2 million acres is used for farming.
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.
The Dutch greenhouse industry has an astonishing logistical network, able to deliver vegetables to the New York streets on the same day they were harvested in the Netherlands. Dutch growing, monitoring, and processing techniques are popular export products on their own.
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 and research are key in Dutch agriculture and horticulture. Universities and businesses are constantly looking for ways to make our "foodprint" leaner and greener.
The Netherlands is an expert in offering solutions for sustainable livestock practices and developed smart methods with animal welfare in mind.
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.
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.
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.