Frank Joosten, Director at Advance Consulting, worked together with researchers of Wageningen and a senior policymaker of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature & Food Quality to develop guidelines concerning the design and implementation of projects and programmes aimed at agricultural sector development in emerging markets. The team produced a reference document entitled 'Guidelines for Aid & Trade Support in Dutch PSD-partner countries’.


There is increasing demand for food in developing countries and emerging markets. To increase food security, more productive, resilient and market-oriented agricultural sectors are needed. Private-sector development incorporating Dutch expertise can help to achieve exactly that. This is the main goal of Dutch policy in this area. However, in practice, it is difficult to juggle the combined goals of achieving food security, boosting the sector and promoting the interests of Dutch businesses. The new guidelines provide embassy staff, policy makers and project managers with tools to achieve a more structured approach to private-sector development.


With this document, the authors hope to make a contribution to greater effectiveness and more consistency in the design and implementation of aid and trade projects in the international agri-food sector. They purposely refer to is it as a  ‘discussion paper’. There is no silver bullet for realising the Dutch trade and aid agenda. Therefore the paper should not be read as an instruction manual, but as a guideline that provides suggestions on a structured approach towards the design and implementation of support projects and programmes.  The approach presented in the discussion paper has been used in different contexts and countries and have proven to be useful and robust.


Contact Frank Joosten if you want to know more about the guidelines presented in the paper. The reference document can be downloaded here.


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