Jungle Talks

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SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica: From the beginning of this year, Holland House Colombia and Jungle Talks have combined their strenghts in organising and promoting activities in the horticultural sector in Colombia. Colombia is the world’s second biggest exporter of cut flowers and the changing circumstances in the country (rising costs because of economic growth) offer opportunities to suppliers of knowledge and technology.

The rise in costs applies to labour costs, but labour itself is also getting scarce. In the Netherlands the floricultural sector deals with its sales structures, the future of cooperative organisations and challenges in the (perhaps too long) chain. Many issues now hot in the Netherlands have been long solved in Colombia and vice versa. Therefore the time is ripe to meet and learn from each other, especially because competition is generally not an issue.

Informative webinar

The kick off of the cooperation between Holland House Colombia and Jungle Talks takes place on March 21, 19.30 hrs, we’re then hosting a free webinar interviewing the new Agricultural Counsellor for the Netherlands in Colombia, Mrs. Patricia de Vries – van Loon as well as Mr. Kees Gram of Royal Van Zanten and Cristobal Fabrega of Kopper Biological Systems. We are also talking to Stan Koolen, student of HAS Hogeschool and now in Colombia on an internship on his impressions on the country and the floricultural sector.
If you interested, please sign up for free via http://bit.ly/Colflowers.

Trade mission Medellin – Bogota

Following the webinar, Holland House Colombia and Jungle Talks organise a trade mission to Medellin and Bogota, from 21 to 25 May. This mission’s target group are suppliers of knowledge and technology, but also producers. The goal is to gather knowledge about local circumstances and practices and at the same time explore the possibilities for cooperation and new business models.


During the visits in Medellin, the focus will lie on propagation and production of cut flowers in Colombia. With regards to varieties, we will pay attention to chrysanthemum and hydrangea. In Bogota, the mission will explore the developments in post-harvest practices, logistics and marketing. On a product level, we focus on rose, alstroemeria and gerbera. During the company visits different themes will be discussed. In Bogota there will also be a matchmaking event and at various locations networking lunches and dinners will be organised.
If you are interested to participate, you find the draft program here


Participation to this trade mission costs 1900 Euro (excl. VAT). Dutch companies, if eligible, can apply for a so-called mission voucher. This mission voucher reduces the participation costs to 950 Euro.
Participation includes all program components (including mentioned lunches and dinners). Participants pay their own hotels and air tickets. More information on mission vouchers, you find here

Interested companies can register to participate until 20 April 2018, you find the registration form here.

Additional information

For more information, please contact Ed Smit via [email protected]  or Jan Willem van Bokhoven via [email protected]

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