“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?
“Contributing to the world food supply through research into plant health”
Joke Klap works on the development of resilient and robust vegetable varieties. That’s how she’s contributing to plant health and food production. She 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.
Story: 'Resistant varieties for a better environment'
Genetics is in her blood, as she puts it. As Breeding Manager Terra, Beatrice explores new solutions and opportunities with her colleagues on a daily basis, resulting in better crops and more sustainable production.