In November 2015, Buck Consultants International presented a research report on agrologistics in Benin and Nigeria. This research was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The study concluded that due to a lack of efficient agro-logistics, postharvest losses are high. As a result, RVO and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wished to follow up on this study by exploring opportunities for the Dutch private sector in agro-logistics in Benin and Nigeria. In cooperation with the Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC), the Postharvest Network was commissioned to organize a workshop in the Netherlands for Dutch companies with an interest in agro-logistics in Benin and/or Nigeria. The objective of this workshop was to develop project ideas to improve agro-logistics practices in Benin and Nigeria with the focus on food value chains, using Dutch agro-logistics expertise and technology.
This workshop took place on March 06, 2017 in the New World Campus in The Hague. The event was well attended by representatives of the private sector, the government, knowledge institutions and civil society. The beginning of the workshop focused on setting the scene by presenting further information on both countries by Obina Onowu, Embassy of Nigeria in the Netherlands, and Robbert Blij, Consulate of Benin in the Netherlands. Following, Errol van Groenewoud, Omnivent, and Bob Steetskamp, NAFTC, gave examples of their work and experience in Nigeria and Benin. Finally, Gerard Vos, Buck Consultants International, presented the key findings of the 2015 study.
The core of the workshop were four working groups around capacity building, cold chain development, added value in the agro-logistics chain and investment opportunities. All group developed ideas for opportunities and initiatives for Dutch stakeholders. These ideas form a basis to be further developed in the near future.
The day was close with an informal get-together and networking opportunities.