The Netherlands has a pioneers position in developing innovative solutions for smart agriculture techniques. Holistic solutions from the Netherlands for producing food locally in a region with unfavourable climate conditions, involving water-energy-food simultaneously, can be of great use for further ensuring food security in the Gulf.
Individual governments in the region have launched initiatives to focus on ensuring food security through various means, and are doing great efforts to become more self-sufficient.
This is exactly where the Netherlands and the Gulf Region can join forces. A gradual shift from exporting food products to the Gulf Region, to exporting knowledge and technologies that will help increase sustainable local food production in the region fits in the current government policy of the Netherlands as well as of the Gulf countries. Knowledge exchange on sustainable food production not only of regional, but of global importance to reduce environmental impact caused by food production
The aim of the cluster is to increase the availability of fresh, healthy and locally produced food;
Encouraging “fair” and “decent” work and involvement of the local community should promote economic growth.
The cluster stimulates local and sustainable production through Dutch technology and knowledge transfer, such as reducing CO2 emissions and water;
The current Dutch horticultural technology can serve as an example for the transition towards climateneutral production systems and already has many circular features