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Urban Farming: Feeding The Cities

2 March 2022   |   Grand Ballroom, Eko Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos

This event seeks to increase the interest, awareness, and engagement of Dutch and Nigerian public and private actors active in or influential in the protected horticulture subsector. This event seeks to introduce Dutch capacities in protective horticulture to agric based stakeholders in both the public and private sector in Nigeria.
There would be the opportunity for Dutch companies to meet /partner with:
  • Nigerian agric experts and technical advisers working in the Government sector
  • Leading agricultural service supply companies
  • Horticulture equipment suppliers
  • Large (greenhouse) farms
  • Agric investment companies
  • Other stakeholders such as retail chain stores

To tackle the food security issue and the ecological and economic challenges in Nigeria, and Lagos in particular, major changes are needed in the food system. Climate change and massive population growth make this even more necessary. Covered horticulture is a promising option, which will see significant investment over the coming years. This event will give Dutch companies the chance to understand the business opportunities and meet with relevant stakeholders.
The event format would be hybrid; taking place in Lagos, Nigeria and virtually. The event would also be livestreamed for the public to watch.

The event is organized by The Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in association with the Lagos State Government. The Consulate General has commissioned Naijalink to coordinate the horticulture event.

Why Lagos?


Nigeria has the largest economy in Africa and is also the most populous with over 200 million inhabitants. Agriculture is a significant contributor to GDP, and it employs about 70% of the population. Lagos is the commercial heart of the country as well as the economic hub of West Africa. Lagos is also known to be the leading tech hub in Africa where there are various innovative start-up companies -including in Agriculture. The Lagos economy is larger than that of Kenya and Ghana combined -and its 22 million or so inhabitants consume around EUR 10bn annually.

Currently Lagos produces just 20-24% of the food it consumes. The Lagos State Government has set itself the target to increase this to 40-50% by 2025. Increasing urban farming is not just a government goal, but also a necessity considering the anticipated population growth to 30 million by 2030.

Lagos state is also known to have fast adoption of technology and innovative techniques in agriculture. To grow food production further, the state and its companies welcome the best possible partners.

Dutch-Nigerian Agric relationship


The Netherlands is Nigeria’s 4th largest importing partner and 3rd largest exporting partner. Dutch companies have experienced success in entering the Nigerian agri-market, particularly in Lagos where there is a continuous demand for new technologies in crop cultivation. Dutch companies are perceived as great business partners as they are known for providing quality goods and services. The Netherlands agricultural sector has a high reputation as they are known to be the second largest exporter of agriculture in the world.

Many Dutch companies are already successful in the Nigerian market, across many sectors including food production and processing. This event will provide a platform for Dutch companies to grow their business in Nigeria, and to establish relationships with relevant stakeholders in the horticulture sector.

This event is organized by

RVO
Lagos state

This event is coordinated by

Naijalink