Agri-food & Technology
The ASEAN-5 countries face different challenges in the agri & food sector.
- Vietnam and Thailand export numerous agricultural products, but their imports are also increasing. This makes that both countries are very suitable for investment and production. The recent free trade agreement between Vietnam and Europe will give a significant boost to the mutual trade relationship.
- In Vietnam, sustainable development of the value chains in sectors, such as, horticulture, aquaculture and livestock farming in terms of quality improvement and sustainability is considered to be important. In addition, the Vietnamese consume increasingly more new and sustainable products.
- Singapore has relatively little agricultural land. The country is investing heavily in high-tech urban (rooftop) farming, aquaculture and R&D in food technologies. Singapore wants to become less dependent on imports for its food supply and at the same time become the knowledge hub for the region.
- Also Malaysia wants to be less dependent on food imports. However, steps have to made in order to succeed in further diversification, innovation and research. Malaysia wants to get away from the current monoculture (palm oil) and wants to diversify cultivation to achieve food security.
- Indonesia, also a major producer of palm oil, is increasingly focusing on the development of food production, with an emphasis on modern technologies for smaller companies.
The ASEAN-5 also face many similar challenges when it comes the agricultural sector. These challenges are caused by population growth, climate change and greater prosperity. The region wants to move towards further sustainability. The growing middle-class spurs changes on many fronts, such as, a change in diet with an increasing demand for animal proteins.
Focus of the mission
During the mission (business) opportunities and challenges in the various countries are discussed. We offer you a diverse program based on a so-called nexus approach. The connection and interaction between agro-water-waste / circular and innovation is central to this approach. We will be specifically looking at:
- Post-harvest technology aimed at processing, transport and cold chain.
- The agro-water nexus. Climate change poses major challenges for agriculture and water management, especially in delta areas. The close interdependence of these sectors can be seen in irrigation, water retention, water use, water quality and saline cultivation.
- Ingredients for food / feed / drinks. There is an increasing demand for sustainable, healthy and innovative products. Dutch companies can respond to this.
- The Mekong Delta in Vietnam, which is in full development. The Netherlands is working closely together on sustainable value chains here. For example in vegetable, fruit and aquaculture and livestock farming. Climate change has a major impact. That is why the agro-water relationship is also receiving a lot of attention. Furthermore, the relationships with logistics and circular / waste are examined.