World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreements and the reform of the EU Common Agricultural Policy will subject large parts of Dutch agriculture to ever-increasing competition. On a European level, the Lisboa Strategy is important. This strategy aims to make Europe the most dynamic knowledge-economy in the world. Governments will increasingly play a facilitating role. To carry out its tasks effectively, the Dutch government needs knowledge on the competitive position of the agribusiness, on the agricultural chain and on the factors that influence this position and the chain.