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)