Alexander De Croo, Vice Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation of the Belgian Federal Government, visited Rikolto’s office in Leuven on October 20th. First, our colleagues highlighted our worldwide activities to make the food sector structurally more sustainable. Subsequently, the Minister led a panel talk in which the role of the government, business and development cooperation were discussed.
After the presentation by Rikolto, Joost Oorthuizen of the Institute of Durable Trade (IDH) from the Netherlands outlined their experience in pushing the sector of soy and cotton to higher standards of sustainability. IDH’s experiences are very similar to Rikolto’s. This was the start of a discussion with David Leyssens (The Shift), Koen De Maesschalk (Colruyt Group), Els Haelterman (Cabinet of Minister De Croo), Bogdan Vanden Berghe (11.11.11), Luuk Zonneveld (BIO – Belgian Investment Company for developing countries), Caroline Huyghe (Vredeseilanden/Rikolto), Chris Claes (Rikolto International), Jan Wyckaert (Vredeseilanden/Rikolto) and Joris Aertsens (Vredeseilanden/Rikolto).