Trade Mission to North Sumatra

Netherlands Food Partnership (NFP) enables collective impact coalitions between relevant Dutch organizations and international partners to achieve urgent changes that contribute to more sustainable food systems, which in turn lead to ending hunger, food and nutrition security and the promotion of sustainable agriculture in low and middle income countries.

Food and nutrition security is one of the major development priorities of Indonesia. Therefore, the government of Indonesia aims to increase national food production through the development of food estates in specific areas, among others in North Sumatra, including but not limited to the district Humbang Hasandutan. The ambition is to develop here a FE of 11,500 ha aimed at the production of horticulture crops.

The Netherlands has a broad experience in horticulture, agricultural development and food system transformations across the globe. Therefore, the Netherlands embassy in Jakarta in collaboration with NFP and Wageningen University (WUR), have organized a trade mission from 17-21 May 2022 to Medan & the food estate Humbang Hasandutan to align the capabilities of the Dutch agro-food & water sector and the needs on the ground through a face-to-face meeting with the local
counterparts and field visits.

Yayasan Pengembangan Kapasitas & Akses (PENTA Foundation) has been engaged to support NFP in this trade mission to seek the recommendation for potential intervention in this area.

The mission was led by Hans de Brabander, Head of the EKN Economic Department & organized with the support of the Netherlands Honorary Consulate in Medan, the Provincial Government of North Sumatra and the Coordinating Ministry of Maritime and Investment Affairs.

About 42 participants consisting of 14 agricultural companies, 4 renewable energy companies and development organizations about 42 participants in a series of activities for 4 days in Medan and Humbang. A number of micro,small, medium enterprise (MSMSe) have also participated in the seminar which was held on the first day in Medan City.

The kick off event was held during dinner on 17 May 2021 at the Executive Lounge of JW Marriot hotels. It was opened by Mr. Hans de Brabander, the head of mission to welcome the delegates and brief them on the updated program.

The activity carried out on the morning of 18 May 2022 at the hall of North Sumatra Governor’s Office

The delegation was welcomed by Mr. Afifi Lubis , Regional Secretary of the North Sumatra, and was also attended by representatives from several provincial agencies.

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