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In the agricultural sector, policy changes bring major implications for the sector structure and size, as well as for the future prospects of individual farmers. We portray the expected effects of alternative policies.

Answer questions objectively, substantiated and quantified.
Target requirements
Scenario analysis: impact of policy intentions on the sector (number and size)
Area plans
Collaborate with policymakers on the meaning and interpretation of the numbers.

Area analysis

Connecting Agri & Food is an authority in terms of calculating the effects of policies in the agricultural sector. Increasingly, an area-based approach is proving important in this because of large regional differences. We conducted such area analyses for several provinces in 2023 as part of the Provincial Rural Area Programs to be drawn up, in which provinces set out how they are going to meet targets for nature, nitrogen, water and climate. An area-based approach takes into account the different land types that lead to differences in both bottlenecks and possible solution directions for the area's businesses. Differences in intensity per acre, as well as differences in farm type, and entrepreneurship, among others, play a role in such area analyses.

Vision of agriculture in the countryside

Connecting Agri & Food, with its in-depth knowledge of the agricultural sector, contributes to informed visions for the rural area. In this way, we visualize the issues in the outlying area and help think through possible adjustments and the role of licensing. Such visions address issues such as climate adaptation, nature and biodiversity, desiccation, vacant agricultural buildings, energy and protein transition, and the role of the agricultural sector in the transition to a circular bio-based economy.

Risk Assessment Policy

New ways of licensing are being sought in the agricultural sector, such as licensing based on target requirements. These new systems offer the prospect of realizing cost-effective solutions to improve environmental quality. But there are also certain risks involved, including compliance. Compliance is influenced on the one hand by the sensitivity of a regulation to be violated and on the other by the threat of a sanction. Connecting Agri & Food can conduct a risk assessment for this purpose, incorporating the perspective of various stakeholders.

Gé Backus


06 53 72 49 43

Diane de Voogd

Agriculture & Environment Specialist

06 16 15 63 12

Sandra van Kampen

Livestock & Environmental Specialist

06 51 34 95 38

Janneke Straver - van der Schans

Livestock & Economics Specialist

06 13 12 78 93

Our mission is to contribute, based on scientific insights, policy understanding and practical knowledge, to a sustainable and future-proof agri and food chain. This can be done by simultaneously paying attention to profitability, environment, health, animal welfare and social support in the various links of the chain.
We create, substantiate and test innovative solutions.
We act as an independent bridge builder between the various parties in the chain, from consumer to producer.
We provide insight and overview of trends and developments in the market and society.

Connecting Agri & Food aims for a sustainable future for the agri and food chain that works with an eye on the market and faces society. We do this by providing in-depth analyses of policy measures, insight for the development of demand-driven sustainable supply chain concepts and the deployment of smart farming technology.

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