Statistics speak volumes

  • In sub-Saharan Africa, the expenses on fuel for diesel generators is higher than on the entire power grid.
  • Diesel generators are consuming up to US $50 BN worth of diesel and gasoline annually.
  • 17 countries in sub-Saharan Africa have a higher diesel-generated power capacity than grid-connected power capacity.
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, generators are responsible for 15% of all nitrogen oxide emissions.
  • Generator’s emissions of PM2.5, a harmful microscopic particle, equals 35% of emissions from all motor vehicles in Nigeria.

The partnership RenewableTechNigeria
To reduce diesel consumption in Nigeria, the solar consortium RenewableTechNigeria focuses on facilitating, demonstrating, and supporting the roll-out of solar hybrid systems, specifically in the B2B environment. The overall goal is to replace the numerous diesel generators, that currently power the economy, and foster the development and implementation of renewable energy products and services in Nigeria.

The RenewableTechNigeria partnership originates from the combined ambition of the Dutch/Nigerian private sector and the Dutch Government. The project will provide bilateral aid and facilitate the aid-to-trade transition by actively supporting cooperation between Dutch & Nigerian companies and knowledge institutes, enabling them to jointly engage in the Nigerian market, whilst simultaneously stimulating the development of the renewable energy sector in Nigeria. RenewableTechNigeria is a public-private partnership of leading companies active in various parts of the solar sector.

Consortium partners
The consortium will consist of a partnership between non-competing private Dutch and Nigerian players focused on solar applications, with complementary skills, expertise, and knowledge. The partnership is coordinated by Larive and Naijalink and includes seven other companies and knowledge institutes being Dawsongroup, Independent Energy BV, Rubitec Nigeria Limited, Sustainable Electrical Energy Centre of Expertise, SolarCentric Technologies, SOSAI Renewable Energies Company, and Zenon Energy. The initiative is co-funded by the Netherlands and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency RVO.

RenewableTechNigeria consortium partners

By bundling expertise, knowledge, experiences, products and services, the consortium aims to boost the adoption of solar hybrid solutions in the Nigerian market. Through training programs, a demonstration and research towards improved financing opportunities, the consortium wants to ensure long-term cooperation. By implementing high-quality systems combined with training programs on installation, maintenance and (after) sales services, the consortium will contribute to the transfer of technical skills, scaling of hybrid solar applications in Nigeria, and reduced use of diesel generators within the agri-food industry. As RenewableTechNigeria will be a flagship project under the new Dutch governmental BHOS strategy, scaling up will include the demonstration of solar applications in health, finance, food processing and horticulture.

What we are going to do is take a combination of Nigerian and Dutch businesses and showcase, in reality for ongoing businesses, that the business case for solar, the momentum is now.Wouter van Vliet, Director Larive International

Larive Group consortium experience
Larive International, together with the Larive Group have extensive expertise in developing and implementing multi-annual public-private partnerships, including cooperations in aquaculture (Kenya, Tanzania, Vietnam, Rwanda, Uganda), horticulture (India, Myanmar), poultry (Indonesia, Myanmar, Bangladesh) and the renewable energy sector (Rwanda). Based on this experience and following the 2021 opportunities identified in the study, Larive International has been requested by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to develop this cluster of Dutch & Nigerian companies and support them with business development in Nigeria. RenewableTechNigeria kicked off at the Netherlands Nigeria Clean Tech event in Lagos on 2 November and will run for three years up to the end of October 2025.

Watch the TVC Nigeria News report on the event here:

For any questions about RenewableTechNigeria, please contact Amber van Spronsen at or connect with Thessa Bagu and Wouter van Vliet.


On August 31, 2022, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh formally launched FoodTechBangladesh, a four-year cooperation between Dutch and Bangladeshi companies. The partnership, headed by Larive International B.V., will invest EUR 6 million in developing sustainable growth of the Bangladeshi aquaculture sector.


The partnership consists of Aftab Bahumukhi Farms, Gemini Sea Food, Nutreco, Viqon, LightCastle Partners, and Larive International. Together, these parties will establish three Centres of Excellence in Sylhet, Khulna, and Cox’s Bazar to introduce and demonstrate different types of sustainable techniques to improve fish breeding and cultivation. Moreover, the partners will conduct research and trials with on-farm products, such as feed additives, aqua specialties, and antibiotic replacers and will provide technical assistance to fish breeders and farmers. In addition, the partnership will upgrade an aqua feed line in Dhaka to increase the availability of domestically produced specialized fish feed.


FoodTechBangladesh is co-financed by the Netherlands Embassy in Bangladesh and contributes to improving the technical and commercial performance of fish breeders and farmers in Bangladesh. This is done through demonstrating best practices and transferring know-how. Over 1,600 local fish breeders and farmers will receive training at the Centres of Excellence and via online courses. In addition, the partnership aims to reduce post-harvest losses by connecting fish breeders and farmers directly and more widely to end markets.


H.E. Anne van Leeuwen, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh: “The Dutch Embassy in Bangladesh supports the development of more sustainable agri-food value chains in Bangladesh and encourages Dutch companies to locally invest together with local stakeholders. We are glad that via this cooperation we are able to contribute to increased food security, more sustainable water usage and strengthening the cooperation between the Dutch and Bangladeshi private sector”.


Matthias Brienen, Director of Larive International: “Strengthening the aquaculture sector in Bangladesh requires an increase in domestic productivity in an environmentally and socially responsible way. This can be realised via introducing technologies developed in the Netherlands, such as genetics, feed, and controlled breeding and farming systems which have been proven in other emerging markets, in combination with technical advice”. 


FoodTechBangladesh is initiated and led by Netherlands-based Larive International in close collaboration with its Bangladesh-based Larive Group partner LightCastle Partners. The partnership includes:


  • Aftab Bahumukhi Farms is active in livestock and aquaculture breeding & hatching, horticulture, feed production, farming, slaughtering and further processing.
  • Gemini Sea Food is one of the leading seafood processors & exporters of Bangladesh.
  • Nutreco is a leading global animal nutrition company offering solutions for livestock and aquaculture.
  • Viqon is specialised in designing and engineering aquaculture farms based on sustainable recirculation technology.
  • Larive International is a business development advisory firm specialising in assisting companies in emerging markets in Asia, Africa, and Central and Eastern Europe.
  • LightCastle Partners is a management consulting firm providing data-driven services to inspire businesses in Bangladesh to advance the economy.


For questions about FoodTechBangladesh, please contact Laura Derks at Questions for the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh can be sent to the economic affairs department via

Samaki Poa

  • Region: East-Africa
  • Focus: Aquaculture
  • Start: 2022
  • Involving 5 project partners


With a focus on capacity-building across the aquaculture value chain, the Samaki Poa consortium will improve food security and provide practical and applicable expertise to empower the aquaculture sector in East Africa. The project ‘awesome fish’, or in Kiswahili ‘Samaki Poa’, aims to empower the aquaculture sector in East Africa. Samaki Poa functions as an aquaculture ecosystem facilitator, driving capacity building throughout the value chain. The focus countries of the project are Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. The project entails an initiative of a consortium of Dutch, Nordic, Kenyan, and Ugandan companies that will tackle challenges of the aquaculture sector and contribute to local private sector development in East Africa.


Aquaculture in East Africa offers great potential to support local private sector development, to improve access to jobs and income-generating activities, stimulate value chain investments and improve food security. Climatic conditions (e.g. temperature and availability of water sources) make East Africa highly suitable for aquaculture. Furthermore, the region is undergoing an economic and demographic transformation. Economic expansion is partly driven by rapid population growth, urbanization and an increase in incomes. These factors have been driving up total fish demand, fish prices and the total imports of fish into these countries. By collaboratively tackling the challenges of the aquaculture sector, Samaki Poa contributes to improving the technical performance and the financial position of fish breeders/farmers in East Africa, thereby increasing productivity and sustainability.


The primary objective of this project is to develop, implement and launch a localized e-learning platform for aquaculture in East Africa, covering the key fish farming topics combined with a practical training program in the Lake Victoria region. Boosting the aquaculture sector and increasing access to knowledge and education in this region, will result in local private sector development, increased local fish production, increased value chain investments, improved access to sustainable jobs, increased access to skilled labour, and decreased fish import dependency.


“Aquaculture has the potential to meet the growing demand for protein in East Africa while supporting food security and income generation. However, current local production is hampered by the lack of widely available proper practical training and limited knowledge.” – Wouter van Vliet, director at Larive International


This project brings together the expertise and strengths of five professional partners: BluePlanet, Skretting, Lake Harvest, Larive International and Lattice Aqua, who together improve food security, technical know-how and digital innovation in the aquaculture sector in East Africa. They focus together on industry-wide education of skilled labour by creating accessible training programs to educate 10,000 people, help create 2,000 jobs throughout the value chain, and boost regional export by 4,000 tons of fish and 10,000 tons of feed. So, this project contributes to the East African economy by creating local employment, reducing poverty and improving food security.


With the unique combination of a digital platform supplemented with on-site vocational training programs, the partnership practically educates (future) fish farmers with localized know-how and brings the much-needed expertise to the mobile device of thousands of users, combined with practical training. The e-curriculum allows for safe (Covid-proof) and asynchronous learning, and it has the ability to also reach women and youth. Making the combined knowledge available to all (aspiring) fish farmers in East Africa will help unleash the full potential of aquaculture fish production for the regional market.


The project runs from 2022 to 2026 and is an intercontinental cooperation between five stakeholders from East Africa and Europe. Samaki Poa is funded by NORAD granting NOK 20 MN (approximately € 2 MN) to improve the knowledge gap and productivity in the sector and value chain.

Involved project partners:

  • Blue Planet AS is a non-profit network company and has developed Blue Planet Academy, which is an e-learning system for the training of operators in the aquaculture business.
  • Lake Harvest is a leading aquaculture producer with operations throughout six African countries, including Source of the Nile, a professional cage farm in Jinja, Uganda.
  • Larive International BV is a business development advisory firm, developing and implementing market entry and growth strategies in emerging markets. Larive is the Project Manager of the Samaki Poa project.
  • Lattice Aquaculture Limited is a Kenyan-based aquaculture organisation, providing vocational training and aquaculture support activities covering the East Africa region.
  • Skretting is a leading animal nutrition company offering solutions for aquaculture and livestock.


If you have any questions regarding the project Samaki Poa, contact Niels Kreijger at




  • Region: Uganda
  • Focus:Poultry
  • Start: December 2021
  • Involving 9 project partners



PoultryTechUganda is a public-private partnership of Dutch and Ugandan companies that jointly aim to develop the Ugandan poultry value chain and make the local sector more resilient to external shocks. Launched in December 2021, this partnership aims to create a resilient and profitable Ugandan poultry value chain, through substituting imported farming inputs with locally produced inputs, allowing for broad sustainable development of Ugandan poultry farmers. This is achieved by improving overall productivity, sustainability and resilience in the Ugandan poultry value chain, while strengthening business relations between stakeholders in the Dutch and Ugandan poultry value chain resulting in increased trade, investment and cooperation.


The Ugandan Poultry sector: challenges and opportunities

As a country, Uganda is growing and developing rapidly. Growing from a population of 24 million people in the year 2000 to 46 million people now, its demographic development poses both opportunities and challenges. The Ugandan population is especially young, with 48% of its inhabitants being below the age of 15, leading to around 1 million people entering the job market each year.


The poultry sector in Uganda is currently undergoing a transformation that provides interesting opportunities for private sector development. The popularity of both chicken meat and eggs is increasing, fueled by increasing consumer demand for ready to eat products. A group of more professional farmers is starting to emerge, shifting from subsistence farming, who are eager to adopt more professional farming practices.


Despite the positive sector outlook on the demand side, the development of the poultry sector in Uganda is limited by several challenges, including a high degree of information asymmetry in the market, seasonal input shortages, limited agro-processing facilities, lack of farmer utilization of quality feeds, limited quality of genetic material, limited knowledge on nutrition, fraudulent veterinary inputs and limited rural extension services, improper farm management and low institutional support.


The Netherlands is internationally renowned for the efficient, responsible and sustainable production of poultry products. Its quality, safety, hygiene, efficiency and health policies and practices applied are regarded as the highest international standards. Within the PoultryTechUganda project, the Dutch and the Ugandan poultry sector (knowledge institutes, government agencies and private sector) have joined forces to contribute to the development of the poultry sector in Uganda. Core activities of the partnership include studies, demonstrating best practices, and transferring know-how via providing training programs and implementation of capacity building activities.



The following innovative Dutch and Ugandan companies are part of PoultryTechUganda, each offering complementary solutions and covering essential steps of the poultry value chain:

  • Aeres Training Centre International
  • Asigma Capital Advisory Services
  • Asiima Agri Concern
  • Champrisa International
  • Hendrix Genetics
  • KukuChic
  • Nutreco
  • Royal Pas Reform
  • Ottevanger Milling Engineers



For any questions, please contact Bart Wolberink at





  • Region:Bangladesh
  • Focus:Poultry
  • Start: 2021
  • Involving 9 project partners


On 1 April 2021, Dutch and Bangladeshi partners officially launched PoultryTechBangladesh, a public-private partnership of leading companies active in various parts of the poultry value chain. The partnership aims to strengthen business relations between stakeholders in the Dutch and Bangladeshi poultry value chain, resulting in increased trade, investment and cooperation, and to contribute to a more competitive and sustainable poultry sector in Bangladesh.

The Bangladeshi poultry sector: Turning challenges into opportunities
With 167 MN inhabitants and an average annual GDP growth rate of >8% during the past decade, Bangladesh has been one the fastest-growing economies in the world. Despite this rapid growth, the country has not yet realized its full potential to serve domestic markets effectively and remains vulnerable to price volatility. The Bangladeshi government has the ambition to address these challenges by increasing domestic sustainable food production, combating malnutrition and boosting agro-food exports.

Matthias Brienen, Director of Larive International and coordinator of the consortium: “A growing group of middle-class Bangladeshi consumers, largely living in urban areas such as Dhaka and Chittagong, is increasing consciousness about food quality and safety and are changing their preference towards more protein-rich and value-added products, which is increasing demand for poultry meat and eggs. PoultryTechBangladesh will support this development by introducing improved (more knowledge-intensive) production and processing systems and increasing the knowledge level of stakeholders in the poultry sector”.

In line with the increasing purchasing power and growth of its population, per capita consumption of poultry meat and eggs in Bangladesh is expected to increase 34% and 49% respectively in the five coming years. Consequently, enormous capacity expansion in domestic poultry production and slaughtering and (further) processing activities will be required.

The Netherlands is internationally renowned for the responsible production of poultry products, innovation and creating added value. Dutch policies and processes regarding food quality, product safety and hygiene are considered the highest international standards. Dutch poultry sector players could add significant value in developing a more competitive and responsible poultry sector in Bangladesh, while simultaneously turning current challenges into business opportunities for Dutch companies.

PoultryTechBangladesh has been developed and is coordinated by Larive International and LightCastle Partners and includes nine other companies and knowledge institutes being Aeres Training Centre International, Aftab Bahumukhi Farms, Hendrix Genetics, Kazi Farms, Marel Poultry, Mavitec, Nutreco, Royal Pas Reform and Van Aarsen. The initiative is co-funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The partnership is committed to working together in strengthening the Bangladeshi poultry sector. Collaborative efforts between the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh, and leading Dutch and Bangladeshi parties, the consortium aims to increase productivity, biosecurity, knowledge levels, and to share values about responsible business practices. Simultaneously, it seeks to trigger and support entrepreneurship and stimulate Dutch–Bangladeshi trade.

Core activities of the partnership include conducting studies, demonstrating best practices, and transferring know-how via providing training programs and implementation of capacity building activities. The partnership will establish a demonstration hatchery allowing to offer better quality Day-Old-Chicks, multiple model farms (breeders, broiler & layers) and a demonstration slaughterhouse and (further) processing facility.

H.E. Harry Verweij, Ambassador of the Netherlands to Bangladesh: “After 50 years, the Netherlands is shifting its policy in Bangladesh from primarily development cooperation towards economic cooperation. During this transition phase, we encourage Dutch companies to seek opportunities and help strengthen value chains in Bangladesh, in sectors where they have added value. I feel that public-private partnerships are excellent modes of cooperation, and I am excited about PoultryTechBangladesh. I am confident that the involved parties will contribute to a more sustainable, inclusive and responsible poultry sector in Bangladesh. Building a competitive sector through good business relations now will pave the way for cooperation in the years to come”.




The following innovative Dutch and Bangladeshi companies are part of PoultryTechBangladesh,  each offering complementary solutions and covering essential steps of the poultry value chain:

  • Aeres Training Centre International
  • Aftab Bahumukhi Farms
  • HATO Agricultural Lighting
  • Hendrix Genetics
  • Kazi Farms
  • Marel Poultry
  • Mavitec
  • Nutreco
  • Royal Pas Reform
  • Van Aarsen

For any questions, please contact Iris Boom at




  • Region: Indonesia
  • Focus: Aquaculture
  • Start: 2019
  • Involving 5 project partners


Since 2019, a partnership of Dutch companies active in the aquaculture sector named FishTechIndonesia, headed by Larive International, has been investing in Indonesia by establishing sustainable and innovative production systems and best practices. The FishTechIndonesia partnership cooperates with and receives co-funding from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jakarta.

Indonesia is the largest economy in South East Asia with a relatively young, fast-growing and increasingly urban population of over 260 million people. The country has tremendous potential to be a leading global seafood player and the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries has the ambition to increase sustainable aquaculture production and reduce prices to make fish affordable for a larger part of the Indonesian population.

The Netherlands is internationally renowned for its leading and innovative position in agro-food values chains, developing productive and sustainable production processes and creating added value. Policies & procedures applied in the Netherlands regarding efficiency, food quality, product safety and hygiene are considered as the highest international standards. The Dutch aquaculture sector (private sector, knowledge institutes and government bodies) has the ambition to contribute to a more competitive and responsible aquaculture sector in Indonesia. At the same time, Indonesia’s aquaculture sector offers vast business opportunities for Dutch companies.

Since 2019, a partnership of Dutch companies active in the aquaculture sector named FishTechIndonesia, headed by Larive International, has been investing in Indonesia by establishing sustainable and innovative production systems and best practices locally. The FishTechIndonesia partnership cooperates with and receives co-funding from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jakarta.

In Majalenka (West Java) a recirculation aquaculture system (RAS) farm for catfish cultivation with annual production capacity of 50 MT has been established at the premises of CV SUMMARINDO. In addition, a RAS farm for the cultivation of pangasius with annual production capacity of 30 MT has been established at the premises of PT Mitra Cahaya Mina in Tulungagung (East Java).

The farms will act as demonstration facilities where fish farmers from both regions will be offered vocational training in the fields, including stocking, feeding, biosecurity and farm management. This will enable them to improve their yields and apply more sustainable farming methods (such as less water usage and reduction of antibiotics usage). In addition, the partners aim to improve access to markets by establishing partnerships with local retailers and wholesalers.


The following innovative Dutch companies are part of FishTechIndonesia each offering complimentary solutions and covering essential steps of the aquaculture value chain:

For more information, please contact Menno Morenc.



With the increased demand for animal protein in Kenya there is plenty of space to grow for both the livestock and aquaculture sector. However, the opportunities for the development of the sectors heavily depend on the availability and quality of feed. The FeedTechKenya impact cluster on animal feed tries to bridge the gap between feed demand and supply. In addition, it aims to increase the quality of locally available feed.


Developments in Kenya’s feed sector

On 1 December 2019, the first impact cluster in Kenya has been formally approved by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The livestock sector in Kenya, as well as the East Africa region as a whole, is developing at a fast pace. The demand for protein-based food is increasing for various reaons, including population growth and changing consumption patterns. Whereas the increase in demand gives rise to a window of opportunities for growth, the development of the livestock sector is constrained by the slower development of the animal feed sector.

Feedmill training for African feedmillers in the Netherlands. Advanced training course organized and provided by Aeres.

Various issues are causing the feed sector to be unable to keep up with the pace of the livestock sector. These include a lack of raw materials, limited availability of new feed protein sources, non-optimal transport, storage, production and application practices, as well as the lack of feed quality testing facilities. These obstacles do not only apply to the feed production side, but also to farmers that utilize feed. Farmers are often not aware of the benefits of using high-quality feed and do not realize the fact that high-quality feed is, in the long run, cheaper than mixing their own feed. Moreover, they are insufficiently aware of the danger of poor storage and feeding practices.

“Both feed producers as well as feed users could increase their performance by applying world’s best feed practices” Iris Boom, Larive

The impact cluster

The FeedTechKenya impact cluster comprises of a consortium of leading Dutch and Kenyan parties active in various areas of the feed value chain. A wide variety of parties enables the creation of integrated solutions to transfer best feed production and feeding practices to the Kenyan Feed sector. The consortium includes Aeres Training Centre International, Almex Extrusion Techniques, Ottevanger Milling Engineers, Unga Farm Care ltd, Insectipro and Nutreco Africa. Larive International and Lattice Consulting initiated and coordinated the partnership. The consortium will conduct studies, perform trials with insect-based feed, demonstrate best feed production and usage practices to feedmillers and farmers, and transfers knowledge and expertise. All with the aim to develop the Kenyan feed sector and boost production.

“ We identified the need for a feed-sector based project, and are very happy with the arrival of this first impact cluster in Kenya. The livestock and aquaculture sector contribute to over USD 3.1 billion to the Kenyan economy. It is important to facilitate the growth of such an important sector by tackling the issues in the feed sector”.  Ingrid Korving, Agricultural counsellor of the Netherlands Embassy in Kenya


Ottevanger Milling Engineers is a storage and feed milling specialist and will share global best practices and implement demonstration solutions.

Aeres training centre international is a training institute active in the green sector, from primary agriculture to engineering and styling & design, intensive farming to biodynamic agriculture.

Almex Extrusion Techniques is an extrusion specialist and takes part in the consortium to share best practices to cover the extrusion part of the feed sector in the cluster.

Nutreco is a Dutch producer of animal nutrition and fish feed products.

Unga group established the first high-quality fish feed production plant in Nairobi Kenya.

Insectipro Is a Black Soldier Fly producer in Kenya. The Black Soldier Flies will be used as an alternative protein source for feed.

Larive International will act as project leader and is responsible for coordination and communication.

Lattice Consulting is responsible for local project management.



The Production of Black Soldier Flies for animal feed production. The flies create an important new supply of feed protein sources. Insectipro has created a unique new business and jumps in the current demand for alternative feed ingredients.

If you have questions for FeedTechKenya contact Iris Boom at


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.


  • 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.

Webinar series: From Plant to Plate

Are you a Horticulture enthusiast eager to learn more about topics related to food safety? During the HortiTechIndia webinars we held Indian and Dutch experts will tell you more about the food safety challenges, opportunities and solutions covering the entire horticulture supply chain.You can find all recordings here and on youtube.


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.


These Dutch articles describe the opportunities of Horticulture in India and the state of the sector in today’s world.

India lijkt rijp voor opschaling bedekte teelt

Veiligheid van groente en fruit in India


  • 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.