Saline Water and Food Systems, a new partnership supported by NFP and NWP

Netherlands Food Partnership and Netherlands Water Partnership are jointly organising a meeting to discuss the outline of the Saline Water and Food Systems partnership, to define the next steps with a broader group of interested stakeholders.

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Date
10 Mar 2022
Organizer
Netherlands Food Partnership and Netherlands Water Partnership
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(10:00 -12:00) CET

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Location
TBC - The intention is to have an in-person meeting in The Hague; information on the venue will be shared a.s.a.p.
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Salinisation severely impacts crop development and growth and is also a major cause of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation. The Netherlands has a solid and promising position in the field of salinity, with a focus on saline agriculture, growing of salt-tolerant crops, linkages with irrigation and drainage. The Netherlands is also internationally known for its systems approach in tackling the mitigating and adaptation of salinity issues. Better and more efficient coordination and cooperation between Dutch organisations is needed, to maintain the position of the Netherlands within this field. More importantly, it will further strengthen the Netherlands contribution to tackling salinisation and thus contributing to SDG2 – Zero Hunger. For this reason, the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality invited the Netherlands Food Partnership (NFP) and Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP) to explore the development of a new partnership on ‘Saline Water & Food Systems’ (SW&FS).

NFP and NWP jointly organised a session on Saline Water & Food Systems during the Amsterdam International Water Week 2021. In this session, a general overview of the trends in salinisation was presented and Dutch knowledge and expertise in the international arena was exemplified with a series of inspiring cases. Now, together with other key actors from the water and food sectors, we are exploring how a partnership between various organisations could show a unified Dutch voice, and moreover, intensify cross-sectoral collaboration, stimulate national and international knowledge exchange, and initiate (research) projects.

NFP and NWP conducted various interviews with key stakeholders on this initiative. The feedback on the idea of establishing a Dutch SW&FS partnership was overwhelmingly positive. Success factors and potential pitfalls were also shared, as well as the various views on the goals, agenda and approach of such a partnership. Based on these inputs, a discussion paper was written describing the outline of a SW&FS Partnership.

As a next step, NFP and NWP are organising a meeting to discuss the outline of the SW&FS partnership and define next steps with a broader group of interested stakeholders.

Do you work on tackling salinisation in the water and food sector, are operating internationally and interested in this new partnership? If you do then we invite you to join us on 10 March.

Should you request any further information or have questions, please contact:

NFP | Frans Verberne, +31 6 21 555 022

NWP | Sabrina Kraaijenbrink-Doetjes, +31 70 304 3763