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Origin

In 2014, the Agrofood cluster was launched. This cluster was initiated and founded by entrepreneurs from the Noordoostpolder and supported by the municipality of Noordoostpolder and the province of Flevoland. Meanwhile, the Agrofoodcluster is on the map (inter)nationally. Local, regional and (inter)national parties know how to find the Agrofoodcluster.

Target groups

The Agrofoodcluster focuses on national companies, institutions and governments engaged in knowledge, innovation and business in open cultivation. We also include interest groups, sector organisations, clusters and top sectors. The main target group consists of companies in the open cultivation sector (business-to-business). The cluster has a neutral position in this regard and mainly aims to connect the various research groups.

The Agrofoodcluster serves its stakeholders and participates in relevant networks. It also seeks to connect with other cluster initiatives. Within these various networks, the Agrofoodcluster aims to play an independent role between the various dimensions (research, government, education and entrepreneurs) that the Agrofood cluster unites.

Profiling AFC in Open Cultivation: from Noordoostpolder to the Netherlands

Various parts of agriculture are clustered in the Netherlands and a contact point for their sector, such as Seedvalley (for the seed industry) in Enkhuizen, Poultry (poultry) in Barneveld and Dairy (dairy cattle & dairy) in Friesland. There was no such national point of contact for open cultivation. Our neutral position and efforts to connect the sector (from education, entrepreneurs, government, to research) are unique. In addition, the cluster originated from and is based on entrepreneurs. This is an important reason for many partners to collaborate with the cluster.

Because of the international working area of our stakeholders, the great export importance of the products and the (inter)national position of Flevoland in Dutch agriculture, the cluster appears to be well able to be the national connecting link between entrepreneurs, governments and government-related organisations. The focus on the national certainly does not mean a departure from Flevoland or Noordoostpolder: here, the position of agriculture and the potato is world-class. Therefore, we are a regional initiative with a national scope, working from the responsibility for the sector.