Efficient horticultural supply chains in Argentina

Argentina invites the Dutch golden triangle to cooperate in the horticultural sector and agrologistics. On November 23, 2017 the new Argentine minister of AgroIndustry, Mr. Luis Etchevehere, opened a seminar on Modern Horticultural Supply Chains at the Mercado Central in Buenos Aires, organized together with the Dutch TopSector Horticulture & Starting Materials, the Postharvest Network and Wageningen University & Research.

The Dutch delegation – which was led by Loek Hermans, Chairman of the TopSector; Richard Schouten, director Fresh Produce Centre & Dutch Produce Association; Cecilia Stanghellini, Senior Researcher Horticulture; and Peter Ravensbergen, business developer Postharvest Network – presented the Dutch horticultural model. After a period of 15 years protecting its own economy, the new government of Argentina has the ambition to become the world food basket and is very interested in Dutch technology, expertise and investments. This creates new opportunities for the Dutch horticultural sector!

The challenges for Argentina are:

  • Formalization of the trade and businesses
  • Productivity increase
  • Transparency / Efficiency in the supply chain
  • Agro-logistics
    • Infrastructure
    • Organization of the chain
    • Multimodal transport
  • Traceability
  • Promotion to consumption

These challenges match with the Dutch expertise in horticultural supply chains. Therefore the Ministry of AgroIndustry has asked Wageningen University & Research as member of the Postharvest Network to identify together with local partners what could be interesting supply chains to be improved. The TopSector will be connected closely in this process. There is a willingness on both sides to intensify the business relations between the countries in the field of horticulture next year, and further actions will be planned soon.

Please download the presentations here (in Spanish):

Please watch the movie about Dutch expertise to reduce food losses in fresh chains (in Spanish “Expertise Holandés para reducir mermas en caderas agroalimentarias”):