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:
- 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
- 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.
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)
“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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HVA International B.V
Worldwide Agricultural Development
P.O. Box 12204
1100 AE Amsterdam
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(Royal Tropical Institute)
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