The Dutch agri-food cluster occupies a strong position on the international markets and produces a wide range of high-quality products. The agri-food complex covers all economic activities in production, processing and distribution of agricultural products (food and non-food) of domestic and foreign origin. It is of major importance to the national economy. It represents a gross added value of approximately 10% of the GDP. Agriculture in the Netherlands operates essentially as a mainstream economic sector.
The Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality is an active proponent of sustainable agricultural production that addresses societal issues such as environmental concerns, animal welfare, food safety and food security, but also promotes a strong, internationally competitive position for the Dutch agriculture sector.
The Dutch agri-food cluster (government agencies, research institutes and agri-business) continuously invests in new opportunities to promote a successful, sustainable agricultural sector: linking innovative research & technology, education, training, extension and policy development play a crucial role.
To learn more about the Dutch agricultural sector and the Dutch vision of the future of agriculture in the Netherlands, please visit the following websites: