Development Projects

By supplying high-quality seeds, sharing knowledge and providing intensive guidance, we aim to help growers in low and middle income countries to evolve personally and professionally, to improve their income and to stimulate vegetable consumption. We do so in two ways: through public-private partnerships, and through our Committee for Development Cooperation.

Committee for Development Cooperation

The Rijk Zwaan Committee for Development Cooperation is involved in development work, with a focus on sharing our knowledge about vegetable farming. We work together with local organisations to provide technical advice and support to farmers and growers in developing countries. Our aim is to stimulate vegetable consumption within families and communities, and to help farmers to improve their income position.

Projects are currently under way in Gambia, Guatemala, Haiti, Oeganda, Peru and Rwanda. In Guatemala, for example, we support a horticultural college, where colleagues regularly share their knowledge. Besides that, we help growers there to gain access to microcredit. 

Are you interested in the development projects and initiatives we support? Have a look at our latest magazine and watch the videos for some personal stories. 

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Boosting vegetable consumption Peru

The Aprodes Foundation

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Fresh vegetables at high altitude

Kusimayo in Peru

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Horticultural knowledge centre

FUDI Foundation in Guatemala

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Public-private partnerships

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.

Rijk Zwaan is involved in various public-private partnerships (PPPs) as a knowledge partner. In Ivory Coast, for example, we work together with partners and local organisations to train students and young vegetable growers. The HortIvoire project provides them with better inputs and sustainable agronomic practices to increase their yield, income and economic position. It also stimulates the availability of local fresh produce and vegetable consumption. Other examples are for instance from Benin and Senegal.