On Thursday and Friday December 8 & 9th, the first Building Trust Seminar was organised by VECO in Brussels Belgium. The participating public consisted of 92 capacity builders, representatives of 33 farmer organisations (3 continents), 16 representatives of financial institutions and 31 delegates of food industry and retail.
VECO International seeks to contribute to a sustainable food system in which farmers produce healthy food for a growing - and mostly urban - population in a sustainable way within the limits of our planet. One of the keys to a sustainable food system is to help farmers develop a sound level of professionalism that enhances trust with other participants in the food chain, such as food processors, middlemen, traders and retailers, but also with service and finance providers. The objective of the seminar was to contribute to building this trust.