Recent developmentsThe ‘Internationalisation Monitor’ (IM) is a quarterly Dutch-language publication by CBS which zooms in on recent developments in globalisation. Each edition carries a different theme. The main feature for this year’s second quarter edition is agribusiness, a sector of industry which is of huge importance to the Dutch economy, as was explained to the minister by Marjolijn Jaarsma, spokesperson and project leader of the Internationalisation Monitor.
Agribusiness dynamicsThe IM shows that agricultural exports peaked in 2015 with a total value of 81.3 billion euros. This makes the Netherlands the world’s second largest agricultural exporter after the United States. Exports, including agriculture-related products such as machinery and fertilisers, amounted to nearly 90 billion euros. This is 21 percent of total Dutch goods exports.
As the minister pointed out, ‘The image of our country abroad is defined to a large extent by agribusiness. There is a lot of interest in our technologies, which also contribute to our second position internationally. The dynamics in agribusiness are therefore very important.’