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From August 28th to September 1st, the Netherlands will receive an Agribusiness delegation from Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. This mission will be the occassion to create or strengthen mutually beneficial relationships between Dutch and Burkinabe, Malian and Nigerien actors. 

This delegation will consist of private and institutional organizations active in the following sectors:

  • Dairy
  • Livestock
  • Horticulture
  • Poultry
  • Agribusiness investors 

Please view a complete list of participating African companies here.

This mission will include:

  • Plenary sessions
  • Matchmaking session
  • Technical and financial workshops   
  • Company visits 
  • A training session provided by Bidx.

In 2015, 60 companies from these three West African countries came to the Netherlands for an incoming mission. It resulted in several new business contracts and partnerships. The 2016 mission will be the perfect time to follow up on all these projects and create new partnerships for a brighter future in Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger and Netherlands agro- sectors.

Please contact Faustine Lesanne with any questions.

Practical information

Date:28th - 31st of August [on the 30th of August the plenary session, workshop and networking sessions are planned]

Venue: Mercure Amsterdam City

Contact persons NABC: Faustine Lescanne (

Registration: online (go to ‘Register now’) or by sending an e-mail to above contact persons [a confirmation e-mail will be sent to confirm succesfull registration]

Participation fee: free-of-charge   


Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is a low-income ($690 gross per capita income in 2014), landlocked Sub-Saharan country, with limited natural resources. Its population, which is growing at an average annual rate of 3%, was estimated at almost 17.9 million in 2014.  The economy is heavily reliant on agricultural production, with close to 80% of the active population employed in the sector.  Cotton is the country’s most important cash crop, while gold exports have gained importance in recent years.

In 2014, the political crisis, along with lower gold and cotton prices and the Ebola epidemic in West Africa (which led to the cancellation of many international events), had a significant effect on Burkina Faso’s economy. Growth still reached 5.0% (6.6% in 2013) and the outlook for 2015 is positive (5.5%), mainly due to continued infrastructure investment.


Mali is a sparsely populated, desert country with a highly undiversified economy. It is vulnerable to commodity price fluctuations and to the consequences of climate change. Mali has a population of 15 million, 10% of which are living in the three northern regions of Gao, Kidal, and Timbuktu. High population growth rates and drought have fuelled food insecurity, poverty, and instability. The delivery of services in this large, sparsely populated territory is challenging and affects geographic equity and social cohesion.

The Malian economy is essentially based on agriculture and livestock that represents 44% of the GDP and 80% of the labour force. These sectors are part of the top sector promote by the Agency of Promotion of Mali with major opportunity for investors.


Niger is a large landlocked country of 1.27 million square kilometres. As of January 2016, the population of Niger was estimated to be 19.8 million with a population growth rate of 3.9% - one of the fastest in the world.

Despite a difficult external environment, Niger’s economy is performing well. Low average rainfall and insecurity affecting the production of uranium was offset by the increase of revenues generated from the production of oil which is estimated at 18,000 barrels/day. In 2014, economic growth accelerated to 6.9%, thanks to a rebound in agriculture and large public investment projects.


The incoming delegates from Niger.


The incoming delegates from Mali.



The incoming delegation of Burkina Faso.

Trade mission details

Mali-Niger-Burkina Faso Agribusiness mission
From August 28, 2016
Till September 01, 2016
Amsterdam, Netherlands
+31(0)70 304 3618