To achieve concrete results, ICCO engages in partnerships with a broad range of actors, including the private sector, academia and governments. We focus on economic empowerment, food security and responsible business in agribusiness value chains, to ensure that companies, entrepreneurs and business startups play their part in building a more inclusive society.
Our experience shows that when the interests of all actors in the value chain are taken into account, trade can be “development relevant.” The Netherlands is a big exporter of onions to West Africa. But Mali can only take charge of its own development if, to paraphrase an old adage, it can grow its own onions. This requires a range of inputs and capacity development support, such as high quality seeds and climate-smart production techniques. With the right kind of policy support, Dutch expertise can be channeled to helping Mali invest in its future and create job opportunities for young people.