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Give your input to the upcoming Dutch Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Policy

Share your ideas for the Food and Nutrition Security (knowledge) strategies of the Dutch government
March 1, 2018 By: F&BKP Office Image: via Flickr (by: Beyond Access)

On February 22, 2018 the newly installed Dutch Rutte-III government opened an online civil consultation to feed into its upcoming policy brief that will guide Dutch Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation (FT&DC) in the coming years.

All (inter)national partners active in this field are warmly invited by Minister Kaag to share their ideas and knowledge. In particular civil society organizations, enterprises and related sector organizations operating in Dutch partner countries, cities and regions with international ambitions and knowledge institutes are invited.

The government coalition agreement stipulates that its new FT&DC policy will include a focus on tackling root causes of poverty, migration, terror and climate change. The Netherlands will also contribute more to international climate action, sustainable production in value chains and inclusive economic development. Furthermore, the government wants to invest in market access and strategic positioning of Dutch businesses in existing and expanding markets.

The online consultation is open until March 22, 2018 and asks nine questions. Contributors are welcome to answer those questions that are most relevant to them. Reactions should be based on solid arguments and provide concrete ideas for action. Background documents can be sent in additionally. Reactions will be published online in the course of the consultation, but only if the contributor agrees. Despite the fact that the consultation questions are formulated in Dutch the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that English answers are welcome.

Although none of the questions explicitly addresses Food & Nutrition Security, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) calls on all actors in its network to give solid knowledge-based input from the perspective of food & nutrition security. All nine questions offer space to do so. Summarized in English, the questions are:

  1. How can Dutch actors ensure more results for the prevention of conflict and instability, shelter in the region and emergency aid?
  2. How can Dutch actors best address population growth in Africa and stimulate youth employment in Africa and the Middle East?
  3. Which (new/ sub) focus areas can the government identify to reduce poverty and inequality? (Currently areas are: food & nutrition security, water, sexual and reproductive health & rights and security & rule of law)?
  4. Which innovative solutions can stimulate Dutch actors to reduce CO2 emissions (mitigation) and help societies adapt to climate change (adaptation)?
  5. What opportunities do you see to address social challenges (e.g. better working conditions, opportunities for young people and women) or ecological challenges (e.g. water, climate, biodiversity) in production, trade and investments?
  6. How can the government stimulate international trade and investments to contribute to the SDGs?
  7. With which innovative creative solutions could the government support private and knowledge actors to better market Dutch skills and knowledge?
  8. How can Dutch businesses, SMEs in particular, be better supported in internationalization, and what markets require extra focus?
  9. Which additional suggestions for the FT&DC policy do you have?

Please note that you can use a maximum of 2,500 characters per answer.

The F&BKP invites contributors to answer the questions from the perspective of Food and Nutrition Security and how Food and Nutrition Security can contribute even more to the Dutch Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation agenda. The F&BKP also stimulates groups/ organizations to cluster and/or synthesize their input. If input for the consultation is published on your own website, please let us know so that we can use it for our own input to the consultation.

Please find here the link to fill in the consultation questions: https://www.internetconsultatie.nl/bhos

Please find here the link to the questions and background document in English: https://www.internetconsultatie.nl/bhos/berichten

Good luck!


One Contribution to “Give your input to the upcoming Dutch Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Policy”

  1. Christine Kalume
    development practitioner
    Producing for markets & access to markets

    My contribution refers to questions 2 and 5. I speak specifically of Kenya. There are communities, particularly in some of the semi-arid areas of Kenya, that have access to large areas of fertile land but do not have access to the support needed to produce crops and get the crops to market, particularly to export markets. Large areas are being deforested due to charcoal burning and exploitation by external commercial farmers who use slash and burn agriculture. At the same time, the employment opportunities in these areas are often limited to charcoal burning, motorbike ‘taxi’ and casual labour. Partnerships with Dutch agricultural firms that can provide expertise in sustainable agricultural practices that support environmental conservation and promote green energy use but also will help local communities understand production for quality markets and help them access these markets (through the Dutch firms as appropriate) would help both create employment/ income generation in the local agricultural sector and reduce environmental degradation associated with charcoal burning and with slash and burn agriculture. This might best be done through social enterprises and local NGOs that can provide the Dutch companies with access to farmers and local stakeholders and facilitate on the ground community discussions.


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