Water and Agrifood: Global challenges and local solutions

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Global challenges and local solutions

Contributions from: Jelle Beekma (Asian Development Bank (ADB), Bas Bruning (The Salt Doctors), Herman Mondeel (Witteveen+Bos), Luong Phuoc Vinh (Eurofins Sac Ky Hai Dang Co. Ltd.) & Rasoul D. Mikkelsen (Royal Eijkelkamp), and Jacqueline Barendse (Mekong Delta Business Platform) as moderator.

Starting with a regional sector overview by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the session then dives into 2-3 inspiring case studies by Dutch companies from a variety of Asian countries on water, food and ecosystems.

The second part of the session aims to bring a lively round table discussion based on key statements including representatives from leading businesses and organisations active and experienced in this space and in the region.

Are you an Asian, Dutch or other international water and agri professional working on or interested in this sector? Or working for agrifood businesses, governments (country, region, local), authorities, farmers’ associations, industrial end users, consultants and technology providers? Then please join us!

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Jacqueline has over 30 years of hands-on experience in finance and business development for micro- to large enterprises in different sectors (industry, ICT, financial sector, infrastructure) and in developing countries. She worked for Philips, ING Bank, Triodos Bank and Ecorys. In recent Jacqueline was Director of WASTE, an NGO focusing on sanitation and waste. Over the years she was involved in numerous investment initiatives and investment committees of public entities (a.o. RVO, FMO, World Bank) and private entities (a.o Triple Jump, Take-A-Stake). Also she was a Board Member of the Netherlands Water Partnership. Currently, Jacqueline works on the launching of Take-A-Stake an investment fund for Small Growing Business in Africa and Asia and is the project leader for the Mekong Delta Business Platform (a joint initiative of Top sectors Agriculture, Horticulture, Water and logistics to link Dutch solutions to opportunities arising from the agro-transformation in the Mekong Delta in Vietnam).
Director for Strategic Business Development in Africa and Asia
Royal Eijkelkamp
More than 25 years experience within strategic partnershis with key stakeholders such as governments, International organistaions, International NGOs, development policy, project financing and investment in developing countries with focus in Africa and Asia. Exploring business opportunities and impact in relation to SDGs (SDG6,SDG13,SDG17,SDG1) and trade and development discussions. Specialised in dialogue, negotitaion and building complex , long term and strategic partnerships in multi-cultral settings with private and public sector, with International NGOs, Governemnts, International Financial Institutions, Multi and bilateral donors in developing countries as well as the HQ level.
Eurofins Sac Ky Hai Dang
Head of the PMC (Product Market Combination or Business Unit) Watermanagement
Witteveen + Bos
Herman is head of the Watermanagement department of Witteveen+Bos and has over 15 years of professional experience concerning urban and rural integrated water management, water resource management and flood management, including the agricultural sector. Herman has ample experience international experience, including South-East Asia.
Specialist Saline Agriculture
The Salt Docters
After more than ten years of experience in the field of crop salt tolerance, and the practical implementation of saline agriculture, it is my goal to help farmers world wide to increase their yields under saline conditions. Through our extensive international experience, I now know what is needed to get the right knowledge in the hands of those who need it most: the farmers. By appropriate training and demonstration programs, we can adapt to climate change and make use of vast saline resources currently being completely overlooked! As a member of the FAO WASAG and GACSA working groups we continue to improve yields under saline conditions, necessary for a climate proof futures.
Asian Development Bank (ADB)
Jelle Beekma is a senior water resources specialist at the Asian Development Bank (ADB), with over 30 years of experience in irrigation, drainage, water supply and sanitation and (trans-boundary) river basin management and related policy and institutional issues. Jelle has water management experience in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and North and South America as government employee, researcher, consultant and presently as senior water resources specialist for ADB, in the Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department.
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