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


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: 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 who all identified specific opportunities in the shrimp sector in Vietnam.

Vietnamese shrimp sector

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

About 95% of all Black Tiger shrimps (Monodon) produced in Vietnam are farmed in the Mekong Delta. Additionally, the Mekong Delta is also the farming hub for the Pacific White Shrimp (Vannamei), accounting for 75% of the total Vietnamese production. The total shrimp production in Vietnam is estimated at 650,000 tons a year.

The rapid growth of the shrimp cultivation sector in Vietnam causes a variety of issues, constraining sector development:

  • The disease rate increased due to the arrival of improper intensive farming systems (e.g. without water treatment).
  • Due to the high demand for shrimp, farmers are struggling to keep up in a sustainable way, which often results in shrimp that are highly contaminated with antibiotics and other chemicals. Next to that, it results in lower quality shrimp (size, flavour, etc.).
  • The lower 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.
  • The current manner of high intensive shrimp cultivation is also causing considerable damages to the environment, especially in the Mekong Delta. Over the past decades, more than half of Vietnam’s natural mangrove forests have been cleared to accommodate shrimp ponds. Additionally, intensive monocultures, poor farming practices and inappropriate water infrastructures cause water quality problems and bring a high risk of disease as chemicals and antibiotics pollute the environment.

The root of all these problems are the current practices of unsustainable and harmful high-intensive shrimp farming and the ineffective and unsustainable methods of the small- and medium-sized farmers. Shrimp farmers have little to no access to the 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 soil management (especially in the Mekong Delta).


The consortium “ShrimpTechVietnam” aims to sustainably improve the current shrimp farming practices in the Mekong Delta by conducting research, offering alternatives for antibiotics and wastewater treatment, demonstrating best practices and sustainable solutions, and the training of local farmers. The goal is to enable Vietnamese shrimp farmers to increase their production in a sustainable manner.


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. develops and offers probiotics as a water treatment solution and an alternative for antibiotics. The TipTopp team also has extensive experience in designing, engineering and maintaining sustainable ecological shrimp cultivation techniques while increasing productivity.
  • Sustainable Aquaculture Solutions (SAS) 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) has a local aquafeed production facility in Vietnam and has extensive experience with regards to shrimp nutrition and health.
  • Larive Internationaland Openasia will take on the role of general project management (both local and international) and act as the liaison between the parties as well as the Dutch Government.

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

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.