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The Agrofoodcluster builds connections in open field production

The Agrofoodcluster builds connections in the entire chain of open field production. We are a non-competitive cluster. All aspects of the open field production are represented. The cluster plays a central role. We have an extensive and active network.


The Agrofoodcluster was founded by entrepreneurs with the goal of promoting the open cultivation sector as a whole and collaborating on major issues such as employer appeal.

The organizations that make up the cluster represent an annual turnover of circa €2 billion.

The cluster’s members, known as stakeholders, finance the cluster and play an active, participating role. The cluster is for, by and of the stakeholders. All components that make up the open cultivation chain are represented.

Click here for an overview of all organizations in the cluster.



Education plays a major role in the cluster. Collaboration with the education sector exists at multiple levels to e.g. bridge the gap between businesses and educational institutions. We realise this by bringing the various parties together, e.g. by hosting job application training sessions at schools.

We also teach classes of students on location, e.g. about supply chain management or the importance of clusters. During these sessions, a representative from the business world is always there to share their insights.

Furthermore, we organise visits from elementary and high-school students to our showcase or one of our stakeholders. This allows us to shed light on the sector in an accessible manner, improve its familiarity and show off the breadth of the sector in terms of job opportunities and functions.

Various educational institutions are members of the cluster.


Some participants in the cluster, such as the NAK and HLBbv, are active in the world of research. The development centres of HZPC, Agrico Research, KWS and Den Hartigh also conduct a ton of research. These parties are important links in the (potato) chain.

Furthermore, we have ties to parties that are active in the open cultivation and technology sectors at the scientific and practical level.



Collaboration and coordination are paramount for the proper functioning of a sector. As a cluster, we have an extensive network with various parts of the government. This occurs at different levels, from the national level down to the local level. We also maintain close bonds with government organizations such as the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). This allows us to open themes that affect our entrepreneurs up for discussion. We also develop cooperative alliances and partnerships to e.g. develop new technologies or discuss the conditions on the employment market.


The Agrofoodcluster

A nationally operating cluster of representative businesses and organisations from the open cultivation sector. Its goals are:

  • To promote the open cultivation sector as an employer
  • To share and safeguard knowledge
  • To feed innovation
  • To stimulate business

From our head office in Emmeloord, Penning 6. This is where you’ll find our showcase of the open cultivation sector and where we work on a physical and virtual knowledge centre about and by the sector.

The open cultivation sector is an important sector – not just in the Netherlands, but all over the world! We are a market leader in the development and marketing of (seed) potatoes and onions. The entire chain is represented in the cluster: from development to processing and from machine building, IT, research and education to financial services.

The cluster was developed and founded by entrepreneurs from all parts of the open field production and has been active since September of 2014.

By building an extensive network of people who are active in or affiliated with the fields of entrepreneurship, research, education or government. We bring parties in the open cultivation sector closer together. With this network, we take action and build connections. We use innovative ways to get our message across.


  • Business-to-Business
  • Business-to-Education
  • Business-to-Government