FoodTechAfrica is improving food security through private sector development in East Africa.

  • Region: East Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania)
  • Focus: Aquaculture sector (the full value chain including quality fish feeds, sustainable production and processing)
  • Start: 2011
  • Approach: Combining best practices in a Public Private Partnership, involving 17 project partners.


FoodTechAfrica is a public-private partnership of 17 companies and universities which improves food security in East Africa through the establishment of a fully integrated aquaculture value chain. Our exceptional journey started modestly in 2011 when a Kenyan farmer told us he could not make fish farming profitable for himself, and other farmers around him. He explained little fish was available on the local market. A surprise, a Kenya borders Lake Victoria which has been a source of fish for the region for centuries. However, lake Victoria’s output is declining sharply due to pollution, overfishing, and lack of regulation. The declining output is traditionally replaced by the import of fish. But Kenya and East Africa as a whole have excellent capabilities to produce local fish, for the local market. It just hadn’t been done at scale.

Project details


Our project is supported by the Netherlands Government’s Sustainable Entrepreneurship and Food Security Facility (FDOV).

Results & media

Spinoff projects


Almex, Dinnissen, Fishion, Kamuthanga Farm, Holland Aqua, KMFRI, Lattice Consulting, Larive International, PTN, Nutreco, Ottevanger Milling Engineers, Unga Group, Viqon Water Solutions, Wageningen UR, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands.


FoodTechIndia is reducing food wastage in India through the establishment of an improved supply and cold chain.

  • Region: India
  • Focus: Reduce food waste
  • Start: 2017
  • Public-private partnership, involving 5 project partners

FoodTechIndia (FTI) is a public-private initiative combining the strengths of Dutch agro-food companies, knowledge institutes, governmental agencies and their Indian counterparts to reduce food wastage in India through the establishment of an improved supply and cold chain.

Food waste
India’s major challenge is to cope with the growing food consumption demand, increasing food insecurity at a fast pace. Especially considering the country has to secure the provision of food and nutrition to 1,3 billion people now, and 1,6 billion people by 2050. 18% of the country’s fruits & vegetables, worth EUR 1,8 billion, goes to waste annually. One of the key components to address this challenge is reducing agricultural food wastage along the entire value chain: approximately 40% of the country’s fruits and vegetables, worth INR 133 billion (EUR 1,8 billion), goes to waste annually.

In India, fruit & vegetable wastage is mainly due to:
•  Lack of on-farm technology and training;
•  Inefficient methods of harvesting, packaging and transporting;
•  Gaps in the cold chain to maintain freshness and quality of produce;
•  Lack of links to well-organized supply & cold chain: Indian farmers miss opportunities to market their fresh produce and increase their incomes.

The objective of the project is to reduce food wastage in India through the implementation of an integrated supply and cold chain infrastructure for fruits and vegetables in the state of Karnataka. Furthermore, the project is focused on enabling sustainable inclusive economic growth among local small scale farmers.
Envisioned results

Envisioned results
In order to achieve the objectives, the consortium is focused on realizing the following results:
• Enable protected cultivation by setting up 20 polyhouses.
• Provide farmers with better farming inputs such as high-quality seeds from Rijk Zwaan
• Train the farmers best agronomy practices and reduce the chemical usages.
• Develop train-the-trainer programs, train 10.000 farmers and demonstrate best practices to them.
• Provide crates to pack the fruits and vegetables at farm level to reduce food losses or wastage.
• Build /upgrade collection points /Dc’s near the farmers.
• Operate reefer trucks to retain freshness of the produce by Broekman Logistics.
• Create added value to products by sorting, processing and packaging of the fruits & vegetables.
• Provide farmers direct market linkages through the retail channels of Future Group.
• Support with marketing of the products and utilize new sales channels.

In support of the project, a demonstration polyhouse is built by Future Group at the Foodpark in Tumkur to showcase to the farmers as well as other key stakeholders, the future of greenhouse farming with innovative Dutch technology.

In the media


The consortium initiated and coordinated by Larive contains the following sector experts jointly reducing food wastage:

Broekman Logistics: Leading provider of logistic services globally with core business in international freight forwarding, warehousing and distribution.
Future Consumer Limited: Leading retailer with multiple retail formats spread over India. Future Group is engaged in sourcing, branding, marketing and distribution of FMCG, food and processed food products in urban and rural India.
Rijk Zwaan: One of the top 5 vegetable breeding company with the focus on the development of high-quality vegetable varieties.
TNO: Independent applied knowledge institute whose expertise will contribute to cold storage and cold logistics solutions
• Larive International: A business development advisory firm specialized in assisting companies in developing and implementing their market entry or expansion strategies in(to) high-growth markets.
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands: The consortium is in close cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to jointly execute the project successfully.

The strength of the consortium lies in its integral approach (‘chain approach’) toward fruits & vegetables cultivation, harvesting, logistics, storage, cooling, processing, packaging and distribution to the consumer.


  • Region: Cambodia
  • Focus: Organic rice
  • Start: 2019
  • SDGP, involving 6 project partners


RiceTechCambodia aims to add value to the organic rice value chain in Cambodia. With this project intervention, 2400 small-scale rice farmers will be reached in the Mondulkiri province. They will receive extensive training on good agricultural practices. All of these farmers will get access to drying, storage and milling facilities,  which increases the quality of the rice products and in turn increases the price. Additionally we seek to certify at least 1300 of these farmers. For this organically certified rice an additional price premium and guaranteed takeoff is granted. These measures provide the farmer with increased income security. Farmers are given a competitive advantage through the production of high quality specialty rice and obtain access to the international sales market.


Inclusive growth for the Cambodian rice sector

The SDGP project will implement a responsible, sustainable and inclusive rice value chain where it connects demand side (economic actors) with supply side (rural communities). The smallholder farmers in Mondulkiri (north-eastern part of Cambodia) currently lack an incentive to professionalize their rice production activities in order to improve their yield and income due to the absence of a direct sales market. By introducing professional organic rice cultivation practices through extensive training & contract farming, and creating access to nearby paddy drying, milling & storage facilities, the farmers will be able to gain knowledge, increase rice quality and yield, and increase income because of premium prices for their produce.

The project will be realized by supply of high-quality foundation seeds, (mechanical) agricultural tools & tractors, transfer of know-how, implementing track & trace along the supply chain, organic certification, installment of drying, milling & storage facilities, quality control & assurance, and introduction of a pilot project for circular rice-fish farming.

All project activities will directly lead to significant improvement of the livelihoods of local small-scale rice farmers in Mondulkiri and indirectly strengthen the general business climate in Cambodia, contributing to sustainable economic growth.


  • Sanorice – A European producer of puffed rice, corn and other cereal cakes, located in the Netherlands (private sector)
  • AMRU Rice – A company active in processing and fair trade of organic rice, located in Cambodia (private sector)
  • Oxfam in Cambodia – is an international non-governmental organisation part of the Oxfam confederation  of 20 affiliates operating together in 94 countries (NGO)
  • Development and Partnership in Action – is a Cambodian non-governmental organisation, localised from an international NGO called CIDSE (NGO)
  • Provincial Department of Agriculture of Mondulkiri – is a governmental department of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery located in Mondulkii. (local government)
  • Larive International – is a Netherlands based international business development firm, active in the field of providing market entry strategies for high growth markets. (project coordinator)

In the media

For more information, please contact Davinia Lamme.


  • Region: China
  • Focus: Industrial bakery sector
  • Start: 2017
  • Public-private partnership, involving 10 project partners

BakeryTechChina is a consortium of Dutch companies active in the industrial bakery sector. In China they focus on improving the industrial bakery production, safety and quality levels throughout the entire value chain by sharing Dutch expertise. The consortium brings together Dutch expertise covering the entire value chain from ingredients to spraying systems, dough preparations, dough processing, depositing, drying systems, modular tunnel rack ovens, refrigerating and total bakery system integration. The partners have entered this partnership for the next three years.

BakeryTechChina Value Chain 2019

Chinese bakery sector

China’s bakery sector is developing rapidly. Consumption levels have grown from 2 kg to 5 kg of bakery products per person per annum. Adapting Western food habits, driven by growing urbanization, will lead to consumption of bakery products to double in the coming 3 years to an estimated 9 kg per person per year. Demand for (I) automated production, (II) increased efficiency and (III) waste reduction are ever more important topics to be addressed in China. The consortium is well situated to provide expertise and experience to support the rising demands on the bakery value chain.

Goals & activities

BakeryTechChina strives to position the Netherlands as the leading country in the field of industrial bakery expertise in China. The consortium will contribute to increase the output of bakery products, improved product quality and safety and transfer of (mid-tech) technology, practical expertise and knowledge to increase competitiveness.

Via personal interviews, the consortium has identified 30 leading industrial bakery companies in China. Out of these companies, partners will be selected and visited in person, in order to develop working relations. Selected stakeholders all share the ambition to grow their business and are willing and able to invest in best-in-class solutions and technology. The consortium’s first impact tour will be organised around this year’s China Bakery fair in May. Follow-up company visits will be executed in November 2017 and the coming 2 years.

In May 2018, the consortium will represent the Dutch bakery sector by being present with a Dutch pavilion on the BakeryChina fair 2018. Specific consortium activities include focussed product demonstrations at the fully-equipped Rademaker’s Technology Centre in Hangzhou.

Education & best practises

Practical education is a cornerstone of the program. To this end, the consortium will leverage their combined expertise through an industrial bakery educational platform, in close cooperation with selected Chinese partners. This allows sharing of expertise and best practices applicable in the Chinese industrial bakery sector, whilst positioning the Dutch consortium as partners to Chinese stakeholders.


The consortium initiated and coordinated by Larive contains the following sector experts jointly building the industrial bakery value chain:

Nederlands Bakkerij Centrum , Zeelandia, Unispray, Sobatech, Rademaker, Tanis Food Tec, Ventilex, Dijko, Koma and Integrated Bakery. The consortium is open for new participants.


FoodTechIndonesia (FTI) is a public-private initiative combining the strengths of Dutch companies (mainly SMEs) active in the poultry value chain to improve and strengthen the poultry sector in Indonesia, in close cooperation with their Indonesian counterparts.

  • Region: Indonesia
  • Focus: Poultry
  • Start: 2019
  • Public-private partnership

Indonesian poultry sector

The Indonesian poultry sector is growing rapidly with an estimated 7% annually in the next decade. In order to meet future demand, the Indonesian poultry sector requires vast capacity expansion in all segments of the value chain.  A consortium of leading companies and knowledge institutes from the Netherlands has the ambition to develop their position as trusted suppliers and contribute to strengthen the poultry sector in Indonesia. The Consortium includes Aeres, De Heus, DSM, Hato, Kanters, Marel Poultry, Mavitec, Moba, Pas Reform, Trouw Nutrition and Van Aarsen. The partnership is initiated and coordinated by Larive International. On 14 March 2019, the partnership named FoodTechIndonesia, has been formally launched at the VIV Asia exhibition in Bangkok in attendance of Louis Beijer, Agricultural Counsellor of the Netherlands Embassy in Jakarta and representatives of all Consortium members.

Indonesia is the largest country and economy in South East Asia, with a fast-growing and increasingly urban population of over 266 MN. Per capita annual consumption of poultry meat is expected to increase from 10.9 kg (2017) to approximately 15 kg (2023) and egg consumption from 5.6 kg or 89 eggs (2017) to approximately 7.1 or 113 eggs (2023), driven by increasing purchasing power of its growing middle-class which is more and more consciousness about food quality & safety and are changing their preference towards protein-rich and value-added products.


The FoodTechIndonesia consortium comprises leading complementary (non-competitive) parties from various steps in the Dutch poultry value chain, which enables to provide Indonesian companies integrated solutions. The consortium will share best practices by establishing demonstration broiler and layer farms and provide training, showing that investments in Dutch products and solutions are commercially attractive and applicable to the Indonesian needs.



The FoodTechIndonesia initiative has been developed and is coordinated by Larive International together with its Indonesia-based affiliate Clarity Research. The Consortium receives funding from the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs within the framework of the Partners for International Business and Impact Clusters programs. The following sector experts active in the poultry value chain have joined the consortium:

Aeres, De Heus, DSM, Hato, Kanters, Marel Poultry, Mavitec, Moba, Pas Reform, Trouw Nutrition and Van Aarsen

“It’s great to see a new generation emerging which, in its own unique way, is working to strengthen the future bond between the Netherlands and Indonesia”. Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte


  • Region: India
  • Focus: Horticulture
  • Start: 2017
  • Public-private partnership, involving 12 project partners


The Netherlands is a global leader in greenhouse cultivation and protected cropping. The consortium “HortiTechIndia” consists of highly innovative Dutch companies and knowledge institutes operating in the horticulture sector. Together, we have the aim to collaborate with Indian partners to upgrade the quality of the Indian horticulture sector and thereby enhance productivity and profitability. This partnership will do so along the entire horticulture chain, from seeds to the end consumer, giving special attention to mid-tech solutions.

More with less; better inputs:

The Dutch horticultural sector makes a big contribution to produce more with less through robust starting materials and research into resistant plant varieties and sustainable cultivation methods. One of a grower’s most critical management decisions is the selection of inputs. The cost of seeds usually is less than 5% of total production costs. Yet seeds can affect the yield potential of a crop more than any other input factor.

Knowledge transfer:

Besides technology, knowledge and management skills are key to successful operation and implementation of greenhouse technology. As the leading exporter of food products, the Netherlands has a number of educational institutes that offer education and training modules in the field of horticulture and supply chain management.

Vision and mission:

By combining better inputs, technology and knowledge transfer, our vision is to increase the yield of vegetable crops per square meter and growers income as a consequence; improve product quality and safety in order to increase the domestic sales and export of Indian vegetables; and transfer (mid-tech) technology and knowledge to increase competitiveness.

The mission of HortiTechIndia is to position the Netherlands as the leading country in the field of horticulture in India, as such to upgrade the current horticulture sector to a higher level and to gain market access.


The consortium initiated and coordinated by Larive contains the following sector experts jointly improving yield, product quality and safety of Indian fruit & vegetables:

Rijk Zwaan is active worldwide as a vegetable breeding company that focuses on the development of high-quality vegetable seeds for professional growers.

Koppert Biological Systems is the international market leader in the field of biological crop protection and natural pollination.

Ludvig Svensson provides innovative climate screen solutions that control humidity, temperature and UV radiation according to requirements, creating excellent conditions for better and greater production in greenhouses.

Hoogendoorn Growth Management   develops and provides innovative solutions in climate control, energy management, water management and labor & harvest registration.

Hendic B.V. is a supplier of water storage systems used in agriculture, horticulture, aquaculture, and industry.

Dutch Plantin produces innovative, sustainable and customer-oriented coco substrates for the professional horticulture sector.

VEK adviesgroep designs and supervises the construction of greenhouse projects worldwide. VEK also provides business plans including a detailed design of a greenhouse with an accurate estimation of the total investment, operational cost, yields, market prices and finance.

TwinsYeald has extensive knowledge and experience realising the most complex and large-scale horticultural projects worldwide and have a broad experience from the development of business plans till harvesting and tracking of products.

The Lentiz onderwijsgroep provides pre-vocational secondary education (VMBO), general secondary education (HAVO), pre-university education (VWO) and senior secondary vocational education (MBO). Over the past decades, Lentiz has gained international experience and knowledge in the fields of horticulture, floriculture, food(processing) and supply & cold chain management and has been active in India.

Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences, is an international green knowledge institute that combines education, delivered by passionate experts, and applied research within amongst others food & dairy. In India VHL has a partnership with the Agriculture College of Baramati.


  • Region: Vietnam
  • Focus: Shrimp
  • Start: 2019
  • Impact cluster, involving 8 project partners

On March 11 April 2019, a new Impact Cluster collaboration ShrimpTechVietnam was signed by Marjolijn Sonnema, Director-General Agriculture of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality and a consortium of Dutch companies and knowledge institute which see a specific opportunity in the shrimp sector in Vietnam.

Vietnamese shrimp sector

Vietnam is the world’s 2nd largest exporter of shrimp. According to the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (Vasep), the Netherlands is the 2nd largest importer of Vietnamese shrimp within the EU.

In 2016, in the Mekong Delta, giant tiger shrimp farming area accounted for 94.3% and pacific white shrimp farming area accounted for 75.8% of total shrimp farming area of the whole country. Vietnam is the leading producer of black tiger shrimp in the world with a production of 300,000 tons per year.

However, due to the rapid development of the shrimp cultivation sector, many issues have occurred as well:

1. There is a high occurrence of diseases and usage of antibiotics due to high intensive shrimp farming without proper water treatment, land management and water filtration.

2. Due to high demand of shrimp, farmers are struggling to keep up with demand in a sustainable way, which results in shrimp often highly contaminated with antibiotics and other chemicals, as well as low quality produce (size, flavour, etc.)

3. The quality of the shrimp also affects the export value of Vietnamese shrimp. Several shipments of Vietnamese shrimp have been denied in different countries (including the Netherlands) due to the presence of high levels of antibiotics. This results in more strict inspection controls which encourages Vietnamese shrimp producers and exporters to further export the product and divert to other export destinations that offer lower prices.

4. The current way of high intensive shrimp cultivation is also considerably causing damage to the land and water in the area. Especially in the Mekong Delta, which is where most of the shrimp farms are located. Over the past decades, more than half of Vietnam’s natural mangrove forests have been cleared to accommodate shrimp ponds. Furthermore, intensive monocultures, bad farming practices and inappropriate water infrastructure causes water quality problems and high risks of diseases as chemicals and antibiotics pollute the environment.

At the root of all the problems lies the current way of unsustainable and damaging high intensive shrimp farming practices. Shrimp farmers have little to no access to best sustainable shrimp farming practices. Furthermore, farmers are not aware of the current issues that are underlying in the bigger picture with regards to the market developments and water and land management (especially in the Mekong Delta).


The consortium ‘ShrimpTechVietnam’ consists of a group of Dutch companies and knowledge institute which see a specific opportunity in the shrimp sector in Vietnam and feel that jointly they can best contribute to the local private sector development.

The impact cluster will contribute to the improvement of the local business climate and the development of the shrimp farming sector in Vietnam, increased trade & investment in the sector and showcase proven solutions.

The Impact cluster contains the following sector experts:

  • Topsy Baits is the biggest producer of live bait maturation feed for aquaculture industries.
  • Shrimpvet is an expert company in diagnostic services, health status of shrimp, grow-out, broodstock and monitoring services.
  • TipTopp Aquaculture B.V. has extensive experience in designing, engineering and maintaining sustainable ecological shrimp cultivation techniques while increasing the productivity.
  • Sustainable Aquaculture Solutions is specialized in both shrimp health and disease prevention management as well as guidance and auditing for ascertaining international quality standards, providing the shrimp producers support on closing the gap with market requirements.
  • Nutreco (Skretting), highly experienced with regards to production of feed for aquaculture.
  • Larive International and Openasia (Vietnam) will take on the role of general project management (both local and international) and be the liaison between the parties as well as the Dutch Government.

This project is being developed on the request of the Royal Dutch Embassy in Hanoi and in close cooperation with RVO, the Dutch Enterprise Agency based in the Hague. The duration of the project is 3 years (2018 – 2020).


The Impact cluster is looking forward to working together on the following activities in Vietnam.

1. Develop the value chain: stimulate the development of the shrimp aquaculture sector.
2. Demonstrate best practice: test, validate and demonstrate effective farming techniques.
3. Transfer expertise: best practices, protocols and training programs.

ShrimpTechVietnam will contribute to the improvement of the local business climate and the development of the shrimp farming sector in Vietnam, increased trade & investment in the sector and showcase proven solutions.

The consortium is still open for participants. For more info, please contact Wouter van Vliet.

FoodTechAfrica Tanzania

Demonstrating Dutch sustainable aquaculture best practices and provide training to boost fish farming in Tanzania.

  • Region: Tanzania
  • Sector: Aquaculture
  • Start: 2018

FoodTechAfrica Tanzania

The Tanzanian aquaculture sector has great potential. The market demand for fish is overwhelming however not fully met by supply. This presents a challenge to food security but also a business opportunity for fish farming.

FoodTechAfrica was built to unlock this potential in a sustainable and profitable way, combining our powerful aquaculture solutions with market requirements. Our partnership brings a powerful mix of knowledge, practical skills and technology to the table. Enabling fish farmers to overcome farming constraints and increase the yield of high quality fingerlings and fish.

We demonstrate aquaculture solutions on a real-life demonstration fish farm in Tanzania. Our recirculation based technology has been specifically developed for the East African aquaculture sector. Its closed and compact design offers full control of the culture environment, enables production in urban areas and efficient use of inputs such as feed and water.

Our solution will be demonstrated in Tanzania from 2019 onwards and aims to inspire entrepreneurial minds to get involved in fish farming. We believe that successful fish farming goes beyond purchasing individual solutions but lies in providing the full package and adopting an integrated approach.

Our project is supported by the Netherlands Government through the Impact Cluster initiative. We work in close collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Dar es Salaam. The impact cluster is coordinated by Larive International.


Project updates

FoodTechAfrica Tanzania is a public-private partnership composed of the following partners:
Holland Aqua, Viqon, Fishion, Genap, Til Aqua, Larive International and Lattice Consulting. 


FoodTechAfrica Rwanda & Uganda

  • Region: Rwanda & Uganda
  • Focus: Aquaculture
  • Duration: 2017-2019

FoodTechAfrica Rwanda & Uganda

Following FoodTechAfrica activities in Kenya, a RAS fish farm model has been developed that can work in the East African region. This system will also be applied in Rwanda for the purpose of demonstration and testing. Simultaneously, we are looking to get a better understanding of the markets in both countries and the wider region for Dutch technology and knowledge.

The aim of this project is to assess the market of farmed fish in Uganda and Rwanda and to demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of the Aquakit in Rwanda. FTA believes a regional approach to aquaculture and implementation of the technology in the region will have a direct positive impact on fish production and food security in the region.

Uganda and Rwanda have been selected as key markets, given their population growth, economic development and urgent need to feed its growing population with locally produced proteins (rather than import from China). Morrover, they also are central countries in the region that can supply fish to neighboring countries, like is already done with captured fish from Lake Victoria traded from Uganda.

This project is co-financed by the government of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Holland Aqua, Viqon, Fishion, Larive International and Lattice Consulting.


  • Region: India
  • Focus: Food sector
  • Start: 2010
  • Public-private partnership, involving 17 project partners

FoodTechHolland (FTH) is a public private partnership that has been active in India during 2010 and 2016. As consortium of Dutch agro-food companies, supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the Partners for International Business program, we have been working together to explore and innovate Indian agro-food value chains. Activities such as fairs, impact tours, exchange programs, demonstrations project and feasibility studies have been organized. Dutch knowledge and innovation has been transferred into different sectors: bakery, fruit & vegetables, meat & fish, cooling and education


The consortium initiated and coordinated by Larive contains the following sector experts:

IBK Groep, Hypor, Kiremko, Koppert, Lentiz Onderwijsgroep, MPS, Priva, Rademaker, RBK, Rijkzwaan, Schouten Europe, SELO, Solidpack, Tolsma, VEK Adviesgroep, VHL, WUR and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherland.