Healthy soils, healthy crops
Soil diversity is of tremendous importance for healthy food production. Did you know that there are vegetable varieties that use water and nutrients in the soil in a more efficient and sustainable manner, helping to preserve soil biodiversity and soil health? Rita Hautier shares how plants interact with microorganisms in the soil and how vegetable breeding explores opportunities for optimising those beneficial interactions.
Rijk Zwaan’s e-learning programme in India: “Helping growers to get the most out of our vegetable seeds”
Urbanisation and a rapidly growing middle class are two of the trends that are increasing the pressure on the world’s current food systems. High-quality vegetable seeds and tailor-made solutions such as indoor growing have a vital role to play in the long-term availability of fresh fruit and vegetables. Satish Kumar and Praneet Sharma from Rijk Zwaan India share details of how they engage with Indian growers to provide technical support and cultivation advice.
HortIvoire boosts local vegetable produce in Ivory Coast
The future of farming and food production is a shared responsibility. As a vegetable breeding company, we not only bring new and innovative vegetable varieties to market, but also recognise our responsibility to contribute to sustainable food systems worldwide. That is why we continue to engage with local growers and other partners in the food chain to help feed the world and stimulate vegetable consumption. This story about HortIvoire in Ivory Coast is an example.
Rijk Zwaan Italia and Agricola Don Camillo donate 2,000 melons to food bank
Rijk Zwaan Italia and our partner Agricola Don Camillo, a company active in the production, processing and distribution of fruit and vegetables, have donated 2,000 melons to the regional food bank.
‘Working together on biodiversity’
Breeders are constantly working to develop new and improved vegetable varieties, whether with resistances against pests and diseases, a higher yield, a longer shelf life or a more appealing colour, shape or size. In order to breed these traits into the varieties, they use genetic material from gene banks. Biodiversity – and in particular genetic material – forms the basis for plant breeding. Access to those genetic resources for breeding purposes is governed in Access & Benefit sharing conventions. Karin Laugs explains more.
The story of Bertha Bagenyi and mrs. Rukia Ibrahim from Tanzania
This is a story about two Tanzanian women that share our Rijk Zwaan mission: to deliver appealing, high-quality vegetables to the market. One of them, Bertha Bagenyi, is Selector African Hot Pepper (habaneros) at Rijk Zwaan Afrisem. The other, mrs. Rukia Ibrahim, is a smallholder farmer from Uchira Village. This is a story about passion, pioneering and perseverance.
A healthy partnership in Australia
Rijk Zwaan Australia is a proud supporter of Health Futures Australia (HFA), a local not-for-profit organisation and health promotion charity. Rijk Zwaan shares HFA’s belief that fresh, nutritious food is critical in building a happy and healthy human and local economy.
Clean drinking water for families affected by hurricanes in Guatemala
In late 2020, Guatemala was hit by two hurricanes and the associated heavy rainfall caused widespread flooding. Many water supply pipelines and reservoirs suffered severe damage and some areas of the country have become almost inaccessible. Health authorities are particularly concerned about the welfare of young children, because the shortage of clean drinking water is increasing the risk of infection and diarrhoea.
Public-private partnership SEVIA: Tanzania welcomes better seeds and agricultural training
SEVIA was a public-private partnership (PPP) aimed at contributing to food security in Tanzania by professionalising vegetable production. As a vegetable breeding company, Rijk Zwaan was involved right from the start. Over the course of seven years, SEVIA and its partners hosted more than 1,150 demonstrations, trained 1,435 sector professionals and reached over 48,000 farmers.
“Biggest challenge for horticulture in the Middle-East? To increase yields using less water”
The world population is increasing rapidly, which is also notable in the Middle East and North Africa, regions visited by Gert-Jan Krook, Area Manager at Rijk Zwaan, on a regular basis. As a result, the demand for fresh vegetables in densely populated cities like Cairo, Bagdad, Riyad and Dubai goes up as well. In the meantime, fresh water is increasingly scarce. How to grow more vegetables while using less water?