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HollandDoor Newsletter
June 2017
Dear ,
Due to a hectic period, you have not received any newsletters for a while. A lot has happened during this period on which we would like to update you. For one we have welcomed two new members to our team. This has strengthened HollandDoor’s profile as a host for studytrips, training-courses and business matchmaking for all agriculture- and horticulture sectors. Moreover, we are also involved in several extremely interesting projects. We will discuss a few of these below. For more detailed information about our activities, please visit our website.
Do you want to know how the HollandDoor team can support your ambitions and your organization? Feel free to send us an e-mail to info@hollanddoor.nl or click here
We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter.
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In this newsletter
Improvement of the position of greenhouse horticulture and Syrian refugees in Jordan
The conflicts in Syria and Iraq have got major consequences for their neighboring country Jordan. Not only has the country provided shelter for an extremely high number of refugees, but the export of fruits and vegetables has also decreased dramatically.
The Netherlands is funding a 3-year-program to improve the horticulture sector in Jordan. This project, carried out by EcoConsult in collaboration with HollandDoor, WUR greenhouse horticulture and Bureau Leeters, has some very ambitious goals. 
The main goal is to optimize the production with a decreased use off resources such as water, fertilizers and pesticides. Moreover, prospects for export have to be extended and employment opportunities for Syrian refugees have to be created. Through this project collaboration between Dutch and Jordan agricultural companies, including suppliers, is stimulated.

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Ad Merks and Lisanne Oskam strengthen team HollandDoor

The team of HollandDoor Coöperation U.A. again expanded with two new faces. Ad Merks and Lisanne Oskam strengthen HollandDoor in various fields.
Lisanne is educated in sales and marketing and also has got working experience in this area. For 10 years she has been active in the dairy industry. Ad is a zoötechnicus from Wageningen University with a lot of experience in fertilization and animal feed. Their expertise and network are in the field of animal husbandry, marketing, social media and Eastern European countries. For more information click here.
Thus, the current team now consists of seven members who together have a wide knowledge and experience in the international agricultural sector. 
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Vietnamese trainees eager to learn more about protected vegetable cultivation
With financial support from Nuffic, an organisation which supports the international cooperation of education, HollandDoor successfully provided a course about protected cultivation in Vietnam in October 2016 and March 2017. The 20 participants came from several different knowledge-, research- and educational institutions as well as a number of local businesses. The focus of the training was about gaining knowledge and skills with regard to cultivation on substrate, applicable technology and with special attention towards crop prevention and protection (among other things biological pest control). Moreover, a lot of attention was given towards active training methods for the experts to pass along to their local green growers.
This hands on training was provided by HollandDoor supported by trainers of Fresh Studio Vietnam and Wageningen University & ResearchNong Lam University in HCMC and the Agricultural High Tech Park in Cu Chi, HCMC were the most important Vietnamese partners.
Participants have experienced the training as being extremely beneficial. Due to the high satisfaction rate the Vietnamese involved with the training as well as HollandDoor are looking for possibilities to continue this cooperation through follow-up trainings. Read more...
Barbados’ agricultural ministry is being inspired by the Dutch horticulture
The Caribbean Isle Barbados has an estimated amount of 300.000 inhabitants and it is one of the most prosperous isles from Central- and South-America. Barbados’ agricultural sector, however, does not perform optimal, which is mainly due to a lack in cultivation(technical)- and management skills. Barbados’ Ministry of Agriculture, Food, Fisheries and Water Resource Management (MAFFW) is currently implementing a program in order to bring the necessity of a more efficient and sustainable food production to the people’s attention. 

Two representatives from Barbados paid a visit of 4 days in April to the Dutch horticulture sector. Both gentlemen are involved in setting up a demonstration- and training farm of circa 10 ha. The visit served as an inspiration as well as a way to investigate the (im-)possibilities of collaboration.
HollandDoor has arranged the complete organization and realization of the study trip. 
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 Other News
Besides the above mentioned activities, HollandDoor is also involved in several other projects. An example of these is India, where we are extremely active in providing technical training courses on a regular basis. 
See our website for more news and for the scheduling of activities.
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We also post regular updates and photos on our Facebook page. Click here...
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HollandDoor Coöperatie U.A.
Johannes Bosboomlaan 11, 6717 HH Ede, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 85 00 20 443, E-mail: info@hollanddoor.nl