May 15-16: IFC Global Agribusiness Conference in The Netherlands

pexels-photo-264537.jpegIFC Global Agribusiness Conference, May 15-16 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

International Finance Corporation invites investors, private companies whose supply chains rely on smallholder farmers, organizations offering products and services, donors, and government officials to join its Global Agribusiness Conference.

The conference will focus on practical solutions to the challenges of building smallholder professionalism and closing yield gaps between commercial operations and smallholder farmers.

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Newsletter March 2018: Creating a Better World

untitledWe are excited to bring you the first 2018 edition of the NL4WorldBank newsletter, Creating a Better World which was published the on the 14th of March.

In this edition we feature a ” meet and greet “ with Sophie Peeters who works for the Blockchain Lab at World Bank Group. The Lab will be prominent in future articles and newsletters because we will be highlighting innovation which entails Blockchain, AI and Cyber Security.

Next week the Land & Poverty event will be kicking off which has prominent Dutch representation, please let us know if you will be attending. Another interesting event taking place at a later date is the Water and Sanitation Mission in June. This mission gives Dutch companies the opportunity to get to know everything the World Bank and other IFI’s are working on in water.

And for your convenience we have updated and listed all the NL relevant events for the year, enjoy!

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The Neighborhood Battery System: Conserving Energy and Reducing Emissions in the Netherlands

EnergyElectric cars are so popular in the Netherlands that it would not be uncommon, say, for a
Tesla to roll up as a taxi outside Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Though charging stations are not yet ubiquitous, it is not difficult to find them in Dutch communities, parking lots, and along the streets.

To reduce carbon emissions, national and local governments are taking various approaches—and, thus, electric cars, solar home systems, and energy-efficient solutions for buildings are booming in Europe. Cities like Amsterdam are front and center of this transformation. For instance, Netherlands has an ambitious goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 80–95 percent by 2050 compared with 1990, making it an ideal venue for a Smart Cities Tour earlier this year, where  a group of 26 representatives, including national and municipal officials and World Bank project teams, to learn from the Netherlands’ successful experience in energy sector transformation.

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Vietnam, World Bank and the Netherlands to cooperate on food safety

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Attached a picture of Ousmane Dione and Nathan together with the Prime Ministers Phuc of Vietnam and Rutte of the Netherlands this Monday at the Catshuis (local equivalent of the White House) in The Hague, signing a trilateral MoU regarding collaboration on food safety. A spin-off under the WBG-NL Food for All Partnership. Great work by the Country Office and the Dutch Embassy Hanoi.

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Netherlands invests in New Partnership that Aims to Help Countries Achieve a Water-Secure World for All

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Water is a crucial aspect of development.Image
  • The Global Water Security & Sanitation Partnership launches July 1st.
  • The Partnership identifies sustainability, inclusion, institutions, financing and resilience as crucial for delivering the Sustainable Development Goals.

 

Water touches nearly every aspect of development. It drives economic growth, supports healthy ecosystems and is fundamental for life. However, this critical resource can harm as well as help. Water-related hazards such as floods, storms, and droughts are responsible for 9 out of 10 natural disasters.  Climate change is expected to increase this risk and place even greater stress on scarce water supplies.

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World Bank Group – WBG-NL Partnership “Food for All”

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In May 2015, the Netherlands and the World Bank Group signed a “Food for All” Partnership agreement (Memorandum of Understanding) to increase knowledge, support job creation, and secure the long-term sustainability of agriculture in developing countries. “Food for All’’ brings together the World Bank Group and civil society, academia, government, private sector, and other stakeholders from the Netherlands.

REMINDER: ” Food for all Talks “!  Friday March 24, 2017 (11:00 – 12:30 AM EST in Washington DC || 16:00 – 17:30 pm CET in Netherlands) and can also be attended globally through WebEx .

The agreement focuses on strengthening collaboration in key strategic areas such as food, nutrition and health; inclusive and sustainable agricultural growth with a focus on pro-poor value chains and market transformations that better link farmers to markets; and ecologically sustainable food systems for climate-smart, resilient agriculture.

“Working in partnerships is critical in the multi-stakeholder context of food and agriculture. This partnership between the World Bank and the Netherlands will provoke inclusive, innovative and knowledge-intensive forms of cooperation. Together we address the needs of malnourished people and effectively contribute to a zero hunger world.” 

Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Netherlands, May 2015

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MoU World Bank and Government of Curaçao

On Thursday September 15th the World Bank and the Government of Curaçao signed a Memorandum of 20160915-img_4375-2Understanding (MoU) focused on strengthen the relations and promoting the exchange of knowledge and expertise in areas of mutual interest. The Country Director for the Caribbean at the World Bank Ms. Sophie Sirtaine came to Curaçao for the official signing ceremony. The Government of Curaçao was represented by the Minister Economic Development.

The Minister of Finance was also involved in the process to get to this MoU. Both ministers were happy this MoU was signed as it is an expression of Curaçao’s desire to establish meaningful working relationships with strategic international partners in support of Curaçao’s long term sustainable development goals.

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Ploumen pledges 16 million euros to combat Ebola

The Netherlands Minister for Development Aid and International Trade, Lilianne Ploumen, pledged an additional 16 million euros to fight the Ebola outbreak in West-Africa. This is in addition to the 18 million pledged Ploumenearlier, and the use of the Dutch navy frigate Karel Doorman. Additionally, the customs regulations will be streamlined to ensure that aid deliveries will be efficient: “The quicker we can tackle the Ebola outbreak at the source, the better it is for the world. Each dollar we spend now, is a savings in the long run.”

Read the full article, in Dutch, here: http://www.volkskrant.nl/binnenland/nederland-maakt-zestien-miljoen-extra-vrij-tegen-ebola~a3765076/