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Careers

HVA International is an independently operating Company engaged in developing Agro-Industrial and Aquaculture projects in EMFM Countries, South-East Asia, The Middle East, Latin America, and CIS-Countries.

Its products of specialization are Dairy, Poultry, Sugar, Rice, Grains, Coffee, Cacao, Tea, Fish (Shrimps, Tilapia, Seabass, Salmon etc.) and the pertaining farms, plantations, and processing facilities.

HVA International is looking for:

Associate Consultants (continuous)

HVA International regularly seeks consultants to work on international projects in Africa, South and Central America, Asia, Middle East, CIS, and Eastern European countries. If you have more than 5 years relevant experience in these regions and would like to be included in our roster of associate consultants, please send your detailed Curriculum Vitae in English, preferably by E-mail, to our Consultancy Support Services department, indicating availability and preference for short and/or long-term assignments.

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Company Profile

Handelsvereniging Amsterdam/ HVA (est. 1879) has more than a century of accumulated experience in worldwide, large scale, agricultural and agro-industrial development. Building on its experience and expertise in developing and managing its own integrated tea, sugar, oil palm, rubber, cassava, natural fibre, fish-, and shrimp farm operations, HVA International has established a full-service project development firm and has diversified its activities into other crops and sub-sectors, such as dairy and poultry production, providing its services exclusively to private equity or venture capital investors.

Sectors of specialization/expertise

HVA International specializes in the following sectors:

  • Livestock production
  • Crop production
  • Agro-processing (e.g. rice and flour mills, sugar factories, etc.)
  • Aquaculture production

Many projects executed by HVA International are integrated, including primary production and processing.

An overview of HVA International’s capabilities in these sectors is presented below:

Farm projects

  • Medium to large scale market-oriented crop and livestock production
  • Commercial farming (dairy, beef fattening, mixed farming, field crops)

Integrated agro-industrial projects

  • Sugar, tea, oil palm, vegetable oil
  • Dairy, poultry, feed mills
  • Privatization and restructuring
  • Management

Aquaculture projects

  • Audit and improvement of processes from the hatchery to end consumer
  • Consulting on the improvement of water quality and water treatment
  • Fish pathology related services
  • Strengthening of the Food Safety capacity
  • Strengthening of the fish-products quality
  • Fish food Innovation
  • Traceability methods and systems
  • Feasibility studies for new projects
  • Services for the improvement of the production efficiency
  • Web-based application for monitoring and managing fish-farms

The activities comprise both inland and marine projects, and all the major types of production systems such as re-circulation systems, ponds, and sea cages.

Regional experience

During the past 140 years, HVA International has executed projects and studies in more than 60 different countries, often in remote areas and under difficult conditions.

Experience with international development agencies

HVA International has worked with several international development agencies like:
• the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation (IFC)
• the African Development Bank
• the Asian Development Bank
• the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB)
• the Arab Authority for Agricultural Investment and Development (AAAID)
• the Islamic Development Bank
• the European Union
• the Netherlands Finance Company (FMO)

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Our Mission

“We provide management services in agriculture, with the aim of increasing productivity and yield while lowering environmental impact, thereby optimizing returns both for investors and the world at large. Since sustainability goes hand-in-hand with profitability, we ensure that the projects we undertake are in line with as many SDG goals as possible, always striving to create a positive impact on both a local, regional and global level.”

– Clemens J. M. Rolink
President, HVA International

“We are now in our 140th year of operations and it is with great anticipation that we gear up for the new trends in agriculture. Given the unprecedented attention the global agricultural sector has been receiving of late, with a focus on sustainable intensification, we expect to see agroindustrial clusters and youth agripreneurship take center stage. We hope to play an important role in the agrarian economies around the world that are now moving to the top of the value chain and embracing agro-ecological, export-focused business models.

​We welcome the new partnership-oriented model that the G20 countries are seeking to implement in the agrarian economies that will be feeding our world in the decades to come and we will do our utmost to help facilitate these partnerships and ensure that sustainable practices are implemented on all fronts.

​With the long-awaited bilateral approach to tackling climate change and food security, we look forward to seeing sustainable agricultural practices become a reality on a broad front with sound, business-conducive policies being implemented in a growing roster of agrarian countries. This new era of agricultural development will undoubtedly transform the world as we know it in ways we can barely imagine.”

– Miltiadis D. Gkouzouris

CEO, HVA International

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Partners in Agricultural Development – since 1879

“from the Netherlands, to the world”

The beginning

Founded on December 23rd, 1878 by a group of bankers and traders, HVA (Handelsvereniging Amsterdam or Trading Company Amsterdam) began its functions on January 1st, 1879.

First HVA headquarters, Amsterdam

First HVA headquarters, Amsterdam. The building is still referred to as “the HVA building”.

For many years after its foundation, HVA adhered to the terms of its original charter, in limiting its activities to general trading including handling imports for-, and financing and shipping produce from estate companies.

Indonesia

The economic depression of the 1880s and European sugar beet protectionism combined to persuade HVA into a change of its original charter. Low coffee and sugar prices prevented some estate companies from repaying loans advanced, so by 1892 HVA had taken over five coffee estates as well as a sugar factory in Indonesia. From then onward, the company’s articles of association having been revised in 1889, HVA engaged in the implementation of large-scale agriculture projects, planting sugar cane, coffee, tea, oil palm, cassava, sisal, abaca and other tropical crops, thereby contributing to Indonesia’s large-scale agricultural development until 1957, with a pause of its activities in that country during the second world war.

HVA Headquarters in Surabaya

Owning to the continuing deterioration of political relations between the Netherlands and Indonesia resulting from the non-transfer to the latter of Irian Barat (New Guinea) in 1949 and the consequent disputes, the Indonesian government seized all Dutch enterprises in 1957, subsequently nationalizing them. This action forced the repatriation of all Dutch personnel in 1957 and 1958, thus ending HVA’s near-eighty years of work in Indonesia.

Ethiopia

HVA was able in 1951 to start sugar cultivation in Ethiopia, where sugar had never before been produced.
After agreements with a Greek family which owned vast parts of land in the Wonji plain, HVA started with land improvement and irrigation works until, in March 1954, the Wonji sugar factory got inaugurated. After great success of the Wonji factory, another area got assumed and a second sugar factory got erected in the Shoa region. In 1965, one more agreement came with the Ethiopian government for the opening of a third factory, that in Metahara.

Video: The Dutch Queen Juliana visiting the HVA factories in Ethiopia

Unfortunately, following a coup d’état which resulted among other in the execution of several Ethiopian members of parliament and even the Emperor of Ethiopia, Haile Selassie, the military government with a one-sided decision, transferred all HVA- Ethiopia shares to itself, thereby ending the company’s activities in the country.

Diversification and global activities

Already from 1958, HVA had established a global consulting and project development division in agriculture. When the Ethiopian endeavor ended abruptly, the company had already other remarkable activities and managed agricultural projects on behalf of private entities and governmental organizations in more than 30 countries: Indonesia, The Philippines, Iran, Irak, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Trinidad, Jamaica, Mauritania, Mexico, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela, Surinam, Brazil and Argentina.

In the years that followed, projects in even more countries started being added to HVA’s portfolio, like CIS countries, Russia, China, Vietnam, etc.

The roaring 90’s

From the early 90’s the company entered an era where various investors acquired majority stakes in HVA, attracted by the company’s vast global network of significant clients. Among these investors were Melchemie, Boskalis and several other until the company ended in the hands of the Coop Group. None of these investors managed to tap the full potential of the company and with the bankruptcy of the Coop Group the cycle of changing key shareholders had come to an end. The constant changes also resulted in thinning out HVA. At its pick, HVA employed close to 200.000 people.

The Present

In the recent years, major shifts in the agriculture-consulting market, led HVA to change direction in its activities. Nowadays HVA has evolved into a worldwide operating project development company in the agriculture and aquaculture sector and offers its full-range services exclusively to PE/VC funds, starting from project sourcing and ending with managing a fully operational enterprise.

Further, due to HVA’s vast experience with large scale agriculture, HVA obtained the know-how and requisite methodology regarding the restoration of damage incurred by natural disasters. Therefore, HVA has developed and offers globally a Post Disaster Agriculture package of services.

Finally, HVA offers valuation advisory services related to agricultural projects.

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Contact

For further information please contact us:

Handelsvereniging Amsterdam/

HVA International B.V

est. 1879

Worldwide Agricultural Development

Postal address

P.O. Box 12204
1100 AE Amsterdam
The Netherlands

Addresses:

Paalbergweg 24-30
1105 BV Amsterdam
The Netherlands

and

Mauritskade 63
1092 AD Amsterdam
The Netherlands

(Royal Tropical Institute)

Telephone

+31 20 7372164 (9am-5pm GMT+1)

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Chamber of Commerce Amsterdam: 33099793

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HVA has more than a century of accumulated experience in worldwide agricultural and agro-industrial development. Building on its experience and expertise in developing and managing its own integrated tea, sugar, oil palm, rubber, cassava, natural fibre, fish-, and shrimp farm operations, HVA International has established a full-service consultancy and management firm and has diversified its activities into other crops and sub-sectors, such as dairy and poultry production, providing its services to a wide range of projects for private clients, government and parastatal organisations or funded by international development agencies.

HVA International specializes in providing technical assistance, consultancy services, consulting engineering and management for projects in the following sectors:

  • Livestock production
  • Crop production
  • Agro-processing
  • Aquaculture production

Many projects executed by HVA International are integrated, including primary production and processing. An overview of HVA International’s capabilities in these sectors is presented below:

Farm advisory and support services

  • Applied field research and extension
  • Outgrower schemes of integrated agro-industrial projects
  • Milk collection schemes
  • Artificial insemination services
  • Input supply and rural credit
  • Marketing

Farm projects

  • Medium scale market-oriented crop and livestock production
  • Commercial farming (dairy, beef fattening, mixed farming, field crops)

Integrated agro-industrial projects

  • Sugar, tea, oil palm, vegetable oil
  • Dairy, poultry, feed mills
  • Privatization and restructuring
  • Management

Aquaculture projects

  • Audit and improvement of processes from the hatchery to end consumer
  • Consulting on the improvement of water quality and water treatment
  • Fish pathology related services
  • Strengthening of the Food Safety capacity
  • Strengthening of the fish-products quality
  • Fish food Innovation
  • Traceability methods and systems
  • Feasibility studies for new projects
  • Services for the improvement of the production efficiency
  • Web-based application for monitoring and managing fish-farms

The services comprise both inland and marine projects, and all the major types of production systems such as re-circulation systems, ponds, and sea cages.

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Agro / Food processing

Processing your produce

HVA International has built up a long-standing experience in food processing mainly in dairy, poultry meat, sugar, vegetable oil, tea and grain processing. Many projects have a processing sector to create added value or to be able to market the products produced. HVA International’s ability to provide integrated solutions in the field of agro production and processing into food products is well appreciated by clients in both the private and public sector.

A wide range of products

Processing activities of HVA International cover a wide range of products:

a. Livestock products: Since the 1960-ies HVA International has been involved in milk collection & processing, poultry slaughterhouses and/or further processing, table eggs grading and packaging and feed raw materials handling and production of pelletized feeds.

b. Sugar: HVA International has been involved on long term basis in the sugar industry in Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Burundi, Nigeria and Iran and has conducted a large number of studies.

c. Tea: HVA has experience in tea production since the 1920s, when it introduced tea growing and processing in Sumatra. HVA also successfully pioneered tea production in Ethiopia, Burundi, Kenya and Rwanda and rehabilitated and modernized the tea production and processing at Mambilla, Nigeria.

d. Other Crops: HVA International’s experience in e.g. tropical vegetable oil production covers extraction and refining of palm oil and coconut oil. HVA also implemented and managed flour mills, vegetable oil extraction plants and feed mills. In the integrated projects it has been involved with, HVA International has gained considerable experience in grain storage and handling.

 

Long term commitment

HVA International’s experts are always committed to achieving long-term project benefits. The confidence clients have in HVA International’s expertise and commitment, is highlighted by the fact that HVA International has frequently been requested to continue to manage the enterprise after commissioning and start-up.

Italy – Hatchery evaluation

 

On request of the hatchery and the contracted breeding farms a Technical Audit was prepared to identify reasons for the low fertility results. Clear conclusions and recommendations were prepared and implemented in cooperation with the hatchery and the farmers.

Nigeria – Crossbreeding Farms 2016

 

HVA provided Livestock consultancy for the development of a crossbreeding and dairy extension project in Nigeria. The local milk production can best be stimulated through the higher milk production of crossbreds dairy cows. The project will produce these F1 crossbreds (Holstein Friesian x Bunaji) and train the farmers on the management, fodder production and feeding of these animals. The produced milk will be collected and processed.