Agriculture and Horticulture - Indonesia
The transition towards sustainable food systems in both countries is at the core of this collaboration: delivering food and nutrition security while positively impacting the socio-environmental pillars (including communities, biodiversity, and climate) and economic pillars (including earning capacity and innovative skills).
Sustainable Food Systems
The Netherlands, which has extensive experience in agricultural development and food system transformation around the world, will support Indonesia in achieving its ambitious agri-food sustainability goals. Recognizing the enormous agricultural potential in Indonesia, the Netherlands focuses on the horticulture sector through the development of greenhouses with Dutch technology and know-how and contributes to the development of food estates in North Sumatra through the development of the NL Farm of the Future to support agricultural actors in the transition towards knowledge-intensive agriculture.
In addition, the Netherlands would also like to explore further collaboration on the post-harvest losses issue and in the field of digitalization in the agri-food sector.
Nature and Biodiversity
Palm oil is vital to the Indonesian economy, not only for generating national income but also for supporting the livelihoods of smallholders.
The Netherlands is one of Indonesia's most important economic partners and one of the largest palm oil export destinations in the European Union. These facts prove that palm oil contributes to the economies of both countries. The Netherlands initiative in the field of sustainable palm oil is the SustainPalm program and National Initiatives for Sustainable and Climate-smart Oil Palm Smallholders (NISCOPS) of which there will be a second phase in 2024-2029.
Strengthening knowledge infrastructure is a fundamental step to facilitate the systemic transition towards sustainable food systems. Knowledge transfer and innovation, bilateral innovation cooperation, and partnerships are some of the key topics.
The Netherlands intends to contribute to improving human resource competencies by jointly building the right knowledge infrastructure for agricultural education in Indonesia.