The fruits of cooperation in agrofood

Denmark and the Netherlands cooperate to bring innovative, high tech systems to farming and horticulture, working together to produce food that is grown in an efficient and sustainable way. They also look into the benefits of alternative farming methods, to diversify the range of solutions we need to mitigate the developments due to climate change and to reach the Paris agreement climate goals.

Advancing Sustainable Animal Products - ASAP!

The digital conference Advancing Sustainable Animal Products on the 2nd of December 2020 brings together Northwest European parties that work in and around the food value chain. The conference was an initiative from the Netherlands and was prepared well in advance with allies like the Danish veterinary authorities, Danish companies and NGOs.
Purpose of this cooperation is to ensure just payment for doing the right thing; producing sustainable animal products, possibly through a system of labelling.

Advancing sustainable animal products (ASAP)

Welcome to this online conference about advancing sustainable animal products.
The acronym, ASAP, was chosen on purpose.
It is our joint task to enhance the sustainability of animal products on the international market.
Achieving sustainability is an urgent task.
But how do we do this?
But for this to happen we need to make visible the increase in animal welfare.
And we need to do so with an EU-wide animal-welfare label which empowers consumers to have a choice.
And here I have to say that the Northwestern part of Europe does not need ideas of the European Commission – can provide ideas to the European Commission and spread something that is one of the competitive advantages of Northwestern Europe.
And we really believe that working there hand in hand, together, with farmers, with, let’s say, producers who are part of the chain to make animal-based products can really take small steps but with a very big impact.
At the moment we need to make sure that farming sustainable farming systems at farm finance themselves, because, simply, farmers do not produce only for us, but also for others and we need to be very careful with, well, making it part of our negotiations.
It is a tricky one, but initially it is a good way to get it done and to get things on track.
And this, actually, makes it then easier for the consumer, because the consumer does no longer need to know what all the different labels mean, and does not need to take the buying decision based on just how nice the label looks, or not nice the label looks, no. They can really base the buying decision on fixed and very transparent criteria.
What is behind, what is the underlying scheme?
And that they know what they choose.
The bottom line was that everybody was really enthusiastic about it.
And the farmer at the table.
And my final illustration: it’s about taking the next step together in an integrated way.

FDOV en FDW-projecten in Tanzania
Image: ©Adam Woodhams Photographie / Mediatheek

2. Agriterra – together for development

Cooperatives and farmer organisations in developing countries are becoming more professional through the commitment of Agriterra, which provides a powerful socio-economic boost in countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia.
Agriterra, international specialist in cooperative development and the Danish Agriculture and Food Council (DAFC) / SEGES will be working together on sustainable intensive agricultural production as a solution to the climate challenge. The two partners have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), a kind of gentlemen's agreement, on transfer of Danish knowhow and technology solutions to developing countries, and facilitating accreditation of an agricultural entity to the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Danish & Dutch expertise and technology offer potential for sustainable intensification of agriculture in emerging economies. “Agriterra and DAFC / SEGES share a joint vision to promote sustainable intensive agricultural production as a solution to the climate challenge”, reads the MoU.

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