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1 Blog: A Syrian refugee family (that went to The Netherlands)

Consul General Robert Schuddeboom has written a blog post about a Syrian family on its way to The Netherlands. Abstract numbers are one thing, but when you zoom in on individual stories these can really have an impact. (Click on the title to see the link to the blog.)

2 Global Fundraising initiative ‘She Decides’

The Global Fundraising Initiative “She decides” is an initiative of Lilianne Ploumen, Netherlands minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. The aim of this Initiative is to join forces in support of the right of women and girls to decide, freely and for themselves, whether, when and how many children they have. “She decides” is not a new institutional mechanism but a way to rally financial support for sexual and reproductive health. “She decides” encompasses contributions by governments, private sector, non-governmental organisations and citizens to ongoing initiatives that improve access to lifesaving contraceptives, family planning and sexuality education.

3 A Report on Turkish Start-ups

The Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency (NFIA) collaborated with the Dutch Innovation Network (IA) and together they wrote a report on Turkish start-ups. Their research shows that Turkey is a breeding ground for high tech startups. However, when the Turkish startups have international ambitions, they are insufficiently supported. The opportunities the Netherlands could offer are also unknown to the start-ups. This can be considered a true loss of opportunities, since Turkey is full of bright young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas waiting for a chance outside the country.

4 Agri & food exports achieve record high in 2016

The Dutch agri & food sector has further strengthened its leading position in the world market. In 2016, Agri & Food exports totalled almost 94 billion euros, compared to 90 billion in 2015. Agricultural products accounted for 85 billion euros and agricultural materials, knowledge and technology accounted for 9 billion: a new record. This means the agri & food sector now comprises 22% of total exports. This is shown by provisional figures from Statistics Netherlands (CBS) and Wageningen Economic Research. Minister for Agriculture Martijn van Dam announced these figures during the opening of International Green Week in Berlin, the largest international agricultural trade exhibition in the world.