Netherlands Management Profiles

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Annechien Ten Have Mellema – Chairman
Annechien Ten Have Mellema


Annechien ten Have farms in partnership with her husband Menno and her son Detmer on a farm in Beerta in the north of the Netherlands. The farm consists of pig farming, arable farming and the fermentation of manure to produce energy.

They want to have more focus on the demands of the consumers and want to bring back the delicious taste of pork from the past back to the consumer.

The new future for their farm is integrated sustainable agriculture. Scaling up in combination with the highest standards for animal welfare and the environment will be their future.

Their aim is to make smart use of technology to improve the welfare of the pigs and to reduce emissions. Her study is: 'The value chain of pig meat. How can we produce in special market concept: Challenges and threats?'

Annechien works on the farm since 1993. She was the chairman of the pig branch of the Dutch Farmers Union LTO Nederland for eight years and she was vice president of the Product Board of Livestock and Meat (PVE).

Presently, Annechien is Vice Chair of Royal Dutch Sport Horse (KWPN), member of the supervisory board of COMORE and chairman of the Dutch project to end castration of piglets.

Djûke Smith van der Maat – Director
Djûke Smith van der Maat


Djûke Smith van der Maat is a 4th generation farmer growing apples, pears, plumbs, cherries and she is the first Dutch kiwi fruit grower. The farm also includes a farm shop, education, forestry, a maize maze, a horse livery and beef cattle.

A few years after graduating at Wageningen University, Djûke started her trading company, buying high quality fruit from selected growers. She stimulates farmers in growing their fruit in an integrated way and sells it under a certification scheme to retail and food services.

Farming in a densely populated area (10 million people within a 60 km radius), Djûke is highly interested in farmer-consumer relations. She is involved in several initiatives stimulating local produce, local farmers cooperating and and she is board member of the Dutch Young Multi-Functional Farmers Organisation Djûke was recognised as being top three agricultural entrepreneur of The Netherlands and received the European Innovation Prize for Women Farmers. Being awarded with a Nuffield Scholarship in 2011 herself, Djûke is now Director of Nuffield Netherlands.

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