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Food and agriculture delegation to the Philippines, 5-9 February 2024, Davao and Manila

The Embassy of Denmark in Manila and the Danish Agriculture & Food Council (DAFC) invite you to participate in an export promotion to the Philippines focusing on the livestock and food/agro technology.


  • Vast growth of population, disposable income, changing consumption patterns and rise of modern retail, drives demand for high quality (safety, traceable) and value-added food products. 
  • Philippine government ambition to revitalize the domestic agri-food value chains. Improve productivity and sustainability of the industries, become globally more competitive and self-sufficient within next 5 years.
  • The Philippines is a large importer of agri-food products and imports are strongly growing incl. meat products from EU.
  • Private stakeholders are looking for ways to increase productivity (to ensure supply) while avoiding possible food loss.


Philippine hog industry is a private-led industry that thrived through the years. It is a major contributor to the local economy among the agriculture sector. However, the occurrence of the African Swine Fever (ASF) in 2019 devastated the industry locally. Many farms closed, and animals were killed and buried to control the spread of the disease. Inventory of hogs decreased dramatically such that prices of pork went up. It affected consumers in the middle of the Covid 19 pandemic, making the situation worse. Given the scenario and the challenges brought about by ASF and the pandemic, the government has initiated programs to rehabilitate and repopulate the Philippine hog industry. 

The Philippine hog sector has implemented the “New Thinking in Agriculture” thru four (4) paradigms. These paradigms include consolidation, modernization, industrialization, and professionalization; “designed to increase productivity and profitability of farmers through sustainable, globally competitive and climate resilient technologies and practices”.

To achieve this and to help local supply, the Philippine swine industry needs the following solutions: Genetics (for repopulation); Modern farm equipment – ventilation, feed systems, farm design (for rehabilitation); Classical Swine Fever Control and Eradication Program; Availability feeds and raw materials, biologics and medicines); and Upgrade or presence modernized post-production facilities (slaughterhouses and cold storage).

Broiler chicken is the most progressive animal enterprise in the Philippines nowadays. Due to a lack of supply, as well as the higher cost of pork brought on by the African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak, consumers also switched from pork to chicken.

The production of chicken broiler (and egg production) has grown twofold over the past two decades, from around a million metric tons (MMT). Furthermore, the growth in the demand for chicken in the country has been faster than other meats, one reason being the expansion of fast-food outlets. Per capita consumption of chicken rose from 11.6kg in 2009 to 15.6kg in 2018 with consumption averaging 13.4kg per person per year.

For the first quarter of 2022, chicken meat production increased by 13% year-on-year with large poultry farms still relatively unaffected from highly pathogenic avian influenza. Continuous investments for poultry farms are expected to keep up with the local demand. 

Technology may have saved—even boosted—some businesses including food processing.  In the Philippines, there is a rapid expansion of production of processed foods and beverages. This presents robust opportunities for foreign exporters of agricultural raw materials, technologies and high-value ingredients.  Roughly 90 percent of the Philippine food and beverage processing industry’s output is consumed domestically, with excellent growth prospects stemming from the country’s resilient economy and strong consumer base. Moreover, trade capacity building opportunities abound (e.g., cold chain facilities, food safety standards, and distribution systems) and are crucial in strengthening the ability of Philippine food processors to take part in increased trade.

The delegation is open to participation from companies engaged in the entire value chain of livestock production namely: breeding and genetics, feeds, farm equipment, farm designers and biosecurity measure providers, food processing, infrastructure, and cold storage 
Companies mentioned in the sectors above, that are either looking into entering the Philippine market and/or already present will benefit from participating in the delegation. 


  • Meet the right stakeholders and create or expand your network
  • Opportunity to meet high-level officials from private and government sectors
  • Interact with Philippine importers and food processors to get access to business opportunities and sourcing prospects
  • Promote your company and pitch your solutions to both Philippine companies and authorities


Saturday or Sunday, 3/4 February 2024

  • Arrival Davao

Monday, 5 February 2024

  • Kick-off Meeting / Briefing 
  • Forum on Danish Solutions in Food and Agriculture (in partnership with Davao Chamber of Commerce and Industry)
  • Company Meeting and Visit 
  • Networking Reception

Tuesday, 6 February 2024

  • Company visit / B2B matching
  • Travel to Manila

Wednesday, 7 February 2024

  • Forum on Danish Solutions in Food and Agriculture (in partnership with Pork Producers Philippines and National Federation of Hog Farmers)
  • Visit and Meetings with Decision Maker and Technical Officials / Pitch with Conglomerate 1 
  • Visit and Meetings with Decision Maker and Technical Officials / Pitch with Conglomerate 2 

Thursday, 8 February 2024

  • Roundtable with Public Authorities for market access concerns and procurement
  • Visit and Meetings with Decision Maker and Technical Officials / Pitch with Conglomerate 3
  • Visit and Meetings with Decision Maker and Technical Officials / Pitch with Conglomerate 4
  • Visit and Meetings with Decision Maker and Technical Officials / Pitch with Conglomerate 5 
  • Networking Reception at the Ambassador’s Residence 

Friday, 9 February 2024

  • Company / Site Visit
  • Debriefing

The total price for participation in the business delegation to the Philippines is 13,500 DKK excl. flight, hotel and VAT per company for 1 representative and 5 guests at the reception. Extra member / representative costs 2,000 DKK.

NOTE: The Danish company is free to have its local representatives represent your company in full during the event. On the registration form you can, if relevant, therefore add the contact information of the local participating person/company. However, only Danish companies in Denmark with a Danish CVR number can register for participation, and the invoicing will always be issued in DKK to the Danish company address.

We reserve the right to offer you participation at a different price should any of the above criteria change. Should this result in a higher price than quoted, you have the right to cancel your participation. Other expenses not mentioned above are at own expense including visa, flights, dine & drink, and hotel.

NOTE: The price is based on 7 participating companies, who are all eligible for subsidy, and 50 percent subsidy (already granted) from the Trade Council of Denmark. If your company is not eligible for subsidy due to de-minimis issues (having received more than 1.5 million DKK in de-minimis subsidy within the past 3 years, including the present) you are binding yourself to pay the full price, meaning without the subsidy. The same conditions apply if you do not wish to receive subsidy.

Flights and hotel are not included in the price. Upon registration, you will receive a travel suggestion.

Please register here no later than 2 October 2023.
Registration is made in accordance with DAFC’s terms of participation.

Jeppe Søndergaard Pedersen, Chief Advisor - Danish Agriculture & Food Council (e-mail: / tel. +45 2331 7450)
Jo-nie G. Raagas, Senior Commercial Officer - Embassy of Denmark in Manila (email: / mobile: +63917 5788436) 

Please be aware photography and video recording will take place during the event. The organizers may use these on various media channels. Please let us know if you do not want to be included.



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Jeppe Søndergaard Pedersen