The World Food Center is in the news a lot at the moment. A lot is said and written about it, but not everything is clear.
On the page about the WFC the Municipality of Ede therefore once again examines the most important information of this moment:
What is the World Food Center again?
The World Food Center is the food meeting place for consumers, companies, knowledge institutions and governments. A food experience and a breeding ground for innovation provide inspiration, knowledge sharing and awareness. The World Food Center brings consumers and organizations together and encourages them to take more responsibility and to find answers together to contemporary and future food issues, under the motto: we feed each other.
The ever growing world population and increasing pressure on the planet lead to huge challenges in the food chain. More so, our day to day choices have an impact on our body and our environment. To provide enough, nutritious and sustainable food for everyone today and in the future, a radical change in how we produce and consume food is needed.
WFC and WFC Experience
In the media reports is often talked about the WFC. Sometimes no distinction is made between the WFC Experience and the WFC area development. This often causes confusion.
What is it exactly?
The World Food Center area development is being realized on a former 28-hectare barracks site next to Ede Wageningen station. This area is reserved for housing, business, hotel / congress and the existing national monumental buildings. The site is owned by the municipality. The municipality therefore manages the so-called land exploitation for this area. This is the budget of land costs and land revenues during the entire duration of the development of the area. The most important costs are the acquisition of the land in 2011, the costs to prepare the land for construction and the planning costs. The income consists mainly of the sale of the land to developers for the realization of homes and businesses.
The land exploitation of the total WFC area has been revised on the basis of new agreements on area development and the latest insights. The balance of land development has deteriorated from a deficit of € 10.5 million to a deficit of € 19.7 million. The main reason for the extra deficit of € 9.2 million is the long term with the associated interest and equipment costs. This long duration offers the space to develop a high-quality area that offers plenty of space for food companies. This ensures further economic development of the FoodValley Region
In some media reports, this deficiency is attributed to the WFC Experience. That is therefore not the case. The shortage in land development is independent of the business case of the WFC Experience, which occupies 1 hectare of the total of 28 hectares of area development. For the exploitation of the WFC Experience, there will be an independent calculation by two different external agencies.
The land exploitation and the business case for the Experience are separate. Unfortunately, a shortage in land exploitation is not unusual in municipal land. The municipality also has a considerable shortage on other land exploits due to the long duration (and therefore high interest costs) and the crisis of a few years ago. For example, the municipality has a deficit of € 15 million on the land exploitation of the other Kazerneter sites.