Small Farmers,
Big Deal

The ‘Small Farmers, Big Deal’ initiative connects Dutch entrepreneurs to professional farmer cooperatives in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Agriterra makes doing business easy by connecting you to ambitious cooperatives with sought-after commodities. Within the programme Agriterra offers peer-to-peer advice from the top sector of Dutch agri & food industry to guarantee you a safe and stable business climate. Do you want to do business with these cooperatives?

Small Farmers,
Big Deal

The ‘Small Farmers, Big Deal’ initiative connects Dutch entrepreneurs to professional farmer cooperatives in Africa, Latin America and Asia. Agriterra makes doing business easy by connecting you to ambitious cooperatives with sought-after commodities. Within the programme Agriterra offers peer-to-peer advice from the top sector of Dutch agri & food industry to guarantee you a safe and stable business climate. Do you want to do business with these cooperatives?

Entrepreneurs

Meet some of the entrepreneurs already working with smallscale-farmers

Stijn Swinkels

Chief New Business Development Officer at Bavaria

“We would love to develop a local chain of commodities, but we cannot do it by ourselves."

Wouter Fijnaut

‎CEO at Maas International Group BV

“This investment is good for Ethiopia. This way, more money stays in the country and we make a profit too with a guaranteed premium coffee.”

Joep van Balen

Product Development Manager Asia at Enza Zaden

"Supporting Nepalese seed farmers does justice to the corporate social responsibility we promote."

Gilbert Ghostine

Chief Executive Officer at Firmenich

"The Livelihoods Fund has an extensive network of companies and congenial NGOs. By investing in these, we can upscale our projects on responsible sourcing."

Renske Franken

Business developer, Dadtco

"We are the bridge between the cassava farmers who want to grow their crop for a market and the industry that needs high quality starch."

Martin Slot

Breeding & Production director at De Groot en Slot

“Without Agriterra, we would never have started the Niger project. We want to concentrate on researching varieties and facilitating the growth process. That is our expertise. But how to create and monitor a cooperative – that’s where Agriterra comes in.”

Jean-Marc Duvoisin

CEO, Nestlé Nespresso

“USAid’s investment helps us to further scale up our project in South Sudan. It ensures that even more farmers can export high quality coffee for a better price.”

Frank van Ooijen

Senior vice president Sustainability, Nutrition & Society at FrieslandCampina

“Creating added value for FrieslandCampina, the consumer and society at large is the leading principle underpinning our Corporate Social Responsibility policy.”

News

Follow the latest developments.

Events

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Young dairy farmers discuss cooperatives

October 14, 2016

There’s milk. And then there’s milk! From cow to cow, farmer to farmer, milk is so much more than just one product. That’s why, together with Sietske Klooster, creator ‘De MelkSalon’, we set up a taste and design room with fifteen dairy farmers from Africa, Asia and the Netherlands.

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Listen to the Future of Farming Podcast

October 16, 18:00 - 19:00
Schouwburg, Rotterdam

On World Food Day, October 16th, we recorded forty-five minutes of live radio about the future of farming. Listen to the podcast and read more about the business opportunities with cooperatives in developing countries.

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Future of Farming Talkshow was a big hit

October 14, 20:00 - 21:30
Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

On the 14th of October, an overly crowded talkshow in Pakhuis de Zwijger, over 130 people joined to listen and to young agri & food professionals from all over the world to talk about the future of farming.

Meet the farmers

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Stephen Tumuhairwe (Uganda)

November 16th 2016
Bleskensgraaf

Stephen (34) is a descendant of Ugandan nomadic cattle holders. ‘They travelled around with big herds of several thousand heads. Animals are part of our culture. But this is changing: being in business is becoming more important than preserving culture.’

Raju Sharma

Raju Sharma (Nepal)

November 16th 2016
Bleskensgraaf

Raju (34) runs a mid-sized dairy farm with 53 cows, 19 of which give milk. The rest of his herd are young, pregnant or too old. Raju wants his farm to expand to 100 cows.

Iwan Hendra Gunawan

Iwan Gunawan (Indonesia)

November 16th 2016
Bleskensgraaf

Iwan is 37. He and his wife run a dairy farm with ten cows in West Java. His dairy cooperative delivers its milk to the Frisian Flag factory in Jakarta, a subsidiary of FrieslandCampina. ‘Our cooperative is a very good one,’ asserts Iwan, who is a board member. ‘In any case, there’s no corruption.’

Business analyses

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