The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is the channel through which the Dutch Government communicates with foreign governments and international organisations. It coordinates and carries out Dutch foreign policy. The Ministry has two halves: its headquarters in The Hague and its missions abroad (embassies, consulates, and permanent representations).
Poverty reduction is the main objective of Dutch development policy. All the Netherlands’ development cooperation activities are designed to help alleviate poverty and hunger. The Netherlands works to improve conditions for enterprise in developing countries. Special attention is given to agriculture due to its importance for employment and poverty reduction.
The Netherlands supports entrepreneurs’ organisations and Chambers of Commerce in developing countries. It also cofunds measures to strengthen the financial sector, fight corruption and improve the customs and tax services.
The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is one of the past donors of the Forum for Agricultural Risk Management in Development (FARM-D).