Are you interested in the latest horticultural insights and want to develop your horticulture sector further? This course gives access to world leading Dutch knowledge organisations and private companies from the horticulture sector. It provides an interactive approach to strengthen your capacities and to translate the gained knowledge and skills into value for your organization and the sector as a whole. The course covers the complete horticulture value chain, including fruit, vegetable and ornamental subsectors, and both greenhouse as well as open field production. Relevant examples from the Dutch sector will be demonstrated. Field visits and excursions are part of the programme.
What will you learn?
Participants of the course will update and strengthen their knowledge, insight and skills on:
- Horticulture production, both protected and open field production;
- Post-harvest, quality and logistics processes;
- Technical, organisational, institutional and socio-economic aspects of horticulture value chains systems;
- Domestic and international market systems;
- International standards for good agricultural practices and quality issues in international trade;
- Relevant international institutional and policy developments, as well as the relevance to your own country;
- General principles of value chain analysis, management and integrated strategies for horticultural development;
- The role of multi-stakeholder processes in developing vibrant markets.
For who is this course?
We invite technical staff, policymakers, scientists, private sector professionals and programme / project managers who want to further develop the horticultural sector in their home countries or country of work, to enrol. Participants should be proficient in English, and have at least a BSc degree or an equivalent academic qualification and five years of work experience in a related field.
Course programme in more detail
The rapid rise of the middle class and rising per capita income in emerging economies are leading to increasing demand for healthy, safe and sustainably produced horticultural products. These developments offer new opportunities to farmers and stakeholders involved in the Horticulture sector. However, effective growth requires the transition from highly fragmented and informal market channels to a more professional horticultural sector. A modern domestic horticulture sector may in turn open up opportunities for export markets for horticulture products.
Application for this course
On top of this page you can apply for the course 'Horticulture Sector Development for Emerging Markets'. Depending on your nationality, your organisation and the type of course you wish to join, your eligibility and the application procedures may differ. Find out more about the requirements and the application process.