Leading role for the Netherlands in World Bank food investments

Article published on Ministry of Foreign Affairs website


The Netherlands is to take a leading role at the World Bank in tackling severe hunger. Because of the prominent position of Dutch businesses and knowledge institutes in the area of efficient and sustainable food production, the Netherlands has been asked to advise the Bank on food projects in developing countries. Development cooperation minister Lilianne Ploumen will be signing an agreement this Thursday with the World Bank at a summit conference in Rotterdam.

‘Everyone should have access to a sufficient supply of healthy and safe food,’ Ms Ploumen said. ‘The Dutch agriculture and horticulture sector has the know-how to boost crop yields and cut costs, while lightening the burden on the environment. Together with the World Bank, we can deploy our solutions worldwide.’ Much of the partnership will focus on knowledge-sharing by the business community, knowledge institutions, civil society organisations and government. Dutch experts will also be enlisted in an array of projects and the Netherlands will provide training courses and workshops on topics like safe food chains and sustainable farming.

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Minister Ploumen’s Speech at the Post 2015 Development Finance Forum in Rotterdam


published: News item | 21-05-2015 | 13:09

Minister Ploumen’s Speech at the Post 2015 Development Finance Forum in Rotterdam

This year, the global community will set a new global development agenda that builds on the experience of the Millennium Development Goals. But the Sustainable Development Goals go further and will require more money to achieve. We need to change the way we think about how we finance development—Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Lilianne Ploumen’s speech at the 2015 Development Finance Forum May 21, 2015, Rotterdam zooms in on this Finance Challenge

Minister Ploumen at Rotterdam Finance Development Forum

Minister Ploumen at Rotterdam Finance Development Forum