“Contributing to the world food supply through research into plant health”
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has declared 2020 as the ‘International Year of Plant Health’ in order to raise global awareness of the important role of plants in the worldwide food supply, environment and economy. Joke Klap explains how Rijk Zwaan is contributing to plant health by developing vegetable varieties with resistances.
Knowledge transfer at the heart of development projects Rijk Zwaan
For more than twenty years, the Committee for Development Cooperation of Rijk Zwaan has been supporting projects in developing countries. Financially, but also – and especially – by transferring knowledge on vegetable cultivation to growers. The Committee, or COS, lately published its COS magazine, in which several projects are highlighted.
Rijk Zwaan hands out 3,000 seed kits to primary schools and after-school clubs
As part of Rijk Zwaan’s vision of ‘Sharing a Healthy Future’, we’re keen to teach and inspire schoolchildren about vegetables. We do this in several ways, including going into primary schools and after-school clubs to hold talks about vegetables, and handing out seed kits. Jolanda van Kralingen, Specialist Communication, explains more about this aspect of the company’s contribution to society.
“Having a long-lasting job in an innovative company means that you keep developing yourself”
One is never too old to learn, an old saying goes. Joska Dekker, Advisor Learning & Development at Rijk Zwaan, couldn’t agree more. She is involved in the RZ Academy, an internal academy offering courses, training and daily inspiration. Her colleague William Brombai Peres, Managing Director at Rijk Zwaan Brasil, gives a unique twist to that by organising a monthly TED-breakfast.