Agriculture and food: the Netherlands and South Africa
The Netherlands is your partner in agriculture and food.
The agriculture sector comprises all economic activity relating to food, from production to marketing and distribution.
The Netherlands is the second-largest exporter of agricultural products in the world, after the United States. It is known for its flowers, cheese, tomatoes, vegetables and beer.
The Dutch horticulture sector has an extensive logistics network. Vegetables harvested in the Netherlands can be sold in New York the very same day.
The Dutch food sector has developed smart storage and packaging technologies that keep food fresh longer.
The Netherlands wants to reduce the use of antibiotics in food production in order to combat antimicrobial resistance in humans and animals.
The Netherlands shares its expertise in food production with developing countries. It is committed to a free market with safe, sustainably produced food.
Research and innovation are vital to Dutch agriculture and horticulture. Dutch agri-food companies and knowledge institutions do innovative work in many areas, including sustainability and nutrition.
Agri-food: the Netherlands and your country or region
For more information on this topic, contact the embassy or consulate.