The Netherlands, your partner in quality seed
This brochure (PDF) from the Government of the Netherlands presents an overview of the role of Dutch companies, policymakers and researchers in the development of quality seed and seed sectors globally. Over the next few years, the demand for food is set to increase. Quality seed is essential in order to meet this demand. The Netherlands is keen to share its expertise in order to support the development of strong seed sectors that can contribute to global food and nutrition security. The Dutch seed sector enjoys a global leading position; Dutch companies are the world’s number-one supplier of vegetable seed (40% of the world trade) and seed potatoes (60% of the world trade). Also, the Dutch government is proactive in providing a supportive policy framework. This brochure contains examples of cooperation at the crossroads of aid and trade, involving the government, businesses, civil society organisations and knowledge institutions – the ‘Dutch diamond’. It will give you an overview of all the aspects involved in making high-quality seed available to farmers worldwide. For example, the brochure presents articles on the Netherlands Inspection Service for Horticulture‘s role in promoting plant breeders’ rights worldwide using a toolbox; the use of Dutch seed-potato in East-Africa supported by Dutch companies and development organisations; the Access to Seeds Index which maps seed companies’ efforts to reach small-scale farmers; and the efforts of Rijk Zwaan to develop quality seeds for local vegetables for the East-African market.