Events - 500 years Dutch farmers in Denmark
500 years ago Dutch farmers were invited to Denmark for their innovative agricultural skills. Today the two Kingdoms continue to build on this partnership: they have the highly specialized expertise to solve global challenges together and improve food systems through sustainable agriculture.
Read about all the events the Dutch Embassy hosted to celebrate the long-standing agriculture partnership between the two countries.
Sustainable Food Week 2022
Ambassador Nienke Trooster opened Sustainable Food Week 2022 on the Danish island Bornholm where stakeholders in the food industry join forces to find sustainable solutions. In addition, the Embassy also hosted a round table session on the role of energy in the food production system, in which both international and local experts joined the discussion.
At TechBBQ, a huge networking event for start-ups in tech, the Embassy introduced together with the Regional Business Development team Dutch innovative solutions to the Danish agrifood ecosystem. The companies in the NL start-up mission shared their innovative solutions with interested Danish and international companies, local investors, and a range of potential partners.
Dutch Embassy at Folkemødet 2022
The Embassy hosted its own stand at the annual democracy festival Folkemødet on the Danish island of Bornholm. During the four-day event, various debates are organised in which politics interacts with people, businesses and organisations.
The Dutch Embassy hosted debates on hydrogen’s contribution to the green transition, a greener maritime sector, food security and NATO enlargement. There was also the possibility to meet the Dutch ambassador and his staff for a chat and learn about their work in Denmark. Next to this, the Embassy hosted a pop-up Embassy, where consular questions were answered and Dutch citizens had the possibility to renew their passports.
500 years of Dutch farmers royally celebrated on Amager
Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark together with Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands, visited the Amager region of Denmark on May 20, 2022. The visit marked the 500 years of Dutch farmers on Amager.
The Royal Highnesses visited the Amager Museum, where they experienced how Dutch culture and customs are still part of the local community, including the traditional horseman parade (Shrovetide-riding). The day ended with a visit to the organic farm of the Seerup Hansen family, the eighteenth generation of an originally Dutch family.
Agriculture round table at NutriFair
NutriFair, the specialised trade fair for livestock producers, had a Dutch twist to celebrate 500 years of Dutch farmers in Denmark. At the trade fair on 17 and 18 May 2022 in Fredericia, the Dutch Embassy hosted a well-attended round table session with Danish and Dutch experts on sustainability issues and policies for agriculture in Denmark and the Netherlands.
Grodan Nordics event on how to grow a better future together
Together with Grodan Nordics, a manufacturer specialised in recycling solutions in horticulture, the Dutch Embassy hosted the seminar ‘Growing a better future together’ on 13 October 2021 in Copenhagen. At the event, research by Grodan was presented on how the growing food industry can live up to the ever-growing expectations of consumers to provide fresh and healthy food, while respecting the boundaries of the planet.
The seminar was organised in the context of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by Denmark and the Netherlands. The MoU aims at cooperation in the field of climate adaptation and mitigation of agriculture and food systems.
Memorandum of Understanding by Denmark and the Netherlands
To mark 500 years of partnership between Denmark and the Netherlands in the agriculture sector, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 25 march 2021 by the Danish minister for Food, Agriculture, and Fisheries and the Dutch minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality. The MoU established a framework to encourage cooperation between two countries in the field of climate adaptation and mitigation of agriculture and food systems.
Folkemødet 2021 - Astronauts on climate change and food security
The Dutch Embassy hosted its own event at the annual democracy festival Folkemødet with astronauts Andreas Mogensen from Denmark and André Kuipers from the Netherlands. The astronauts shared their unique outer space perspective on climate change and food security. They spoke about how space can play a role in predicting the effects of climate change, the fight between too little and too much water and how satellite data can be used directly as an adaptation tool.