On behalf of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO), Wageningen UR cordially invites you to the workshop:
Innovation for Agribusiness – Strengthening supply chains and business to business collaborations between the Netherlands, Ukraine and the Western Balkans.
The Netherlands is one of the world’s largest agriculture producers and a leader in innovation and productivity. The country’s agricultural productivity is five times higher than the European average and it has the second highest private research and development investment rate in agri-food in Europe. The Dutch agriculture sector is the second largest exporter in agriculture in the world. In addition, 12 of the top 40 agribusinesses are established or have research and development (“R&D”) activities in the Netherlands.
With its focus on healthy food, sustainability, food security, and food safety and quality, the Netherlands can act as a model for countries where the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) invests by sharing expertise and innovation strategies and supporting more efficient and sustainable food systems. In transition countries agriculture still accounts for 10-15 percent of GDP and employs a large number of the working population.
To link agribusiness and research, and to create a supportive business environment, the EBRD has recently granted a project to Wageningen UR, Guydyon B.V. and VetEffect Consultancy & Recruiting B.V. to spur innovation and improve business practices at the firm level through research, assessments, targeted advice and technology transfer. Through these activities and adoption of new technologies, as well as the support of the government, positive spillovers within the agricultural sector of the transition countries are expected. Furthermore, this project is anticipated to have strong demonstration effects by bringing experience, technologies, business models, and research from the Netherlands to countries that can upgrade their food quality standards and agribusiness practices to European Union-level in order to improve productivity and competitiveness and facilitate trade.
12:45 Arrival and coffee
13:00 Welcome to Wageningen
Prof. dr. Arthur P.J. Mol, Rector Magnificus/vice chairman of Wageningen UR Opening remarks and official project launch
Ronald Elkhuizen, Alternate Director for the Netherlands, Board of Directors, EBRD
13:15 Supporting agribusiness competitiveness in Ukraine and the Western Balkans
Victoria Zinchuk, Head of Agribusiness Advisory, EBRD
Supporting entrepreneurship and international business links
Isabelle Kamphuis, Department of International Cooperation, RVO
13:40 Doing business with Ukraine, Western Balkan countries and the Netherlands
Moderator: Victoria Zinchuk (EBRD)
Speakers: Kees Huizinga, CEO, TOV Kischenzi (Ukraine)
Ilija Šetka, General Manager, Imlek (Serbia)
Mark Kroese, Sales Manager Export, Trioliet (the Netherlands)
14:30 Coffee break
14:50 Overview of the EBRD-Wageningen UR project Innovation for Agribusiness
Jos Verstegen, Senior Researcher, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UR
15:10 How agribusiness benefits from Wageningen UR’s innovation projects
by Wageningen UR experts
15:30 Plenary panel discussion: challenges, opportunities and partnerships for innovation in Ukraine and the Western Balkans
Moderator: Krijn Poppe, Research Manager, Agricultural and Business Economics, UR
Panellists: Siemen van Berkum (UR), Volodymyr Ladyka, Sumy National Agrarian University (Ukraine), Natalia Petrova, Kernel (Ukraine), Martin de Jong, The Friesian (the Netherlands), Victoria Zinchuk (EBRD).
16:20 Wrapping up the discussion / Concluding remarks
Krijn Poppe (UR)
16.30 WU Poster sessions
Informal discussions with the Wageningen UR experts
17:00 Drinks and networking