Wiebe Draijer

Wiebe Draijer, Extension Manager at Cocoa Abrabopa in Ghana

'Sustainable production of food and fair prices for farmers'

‘I lead the Extension Team, which supports Cocoa Abrabopa's farmers and trains them to use natural pest control agents and fertiliser correctly. This resulted in a doubling of the harvest in the first year alone, later rising to an increase of 400%!’

Extension Manager at Cocoa Abrabopa in Ghana

'I have always found cocoa an interesting crop. Ghana is a great country and the company has a good reputation, so I seized the opportunity with both hands. In the role of Extension Manager, I lead the Extension Team. This team supports Cocoa Abrabopa's farmers and trains them to use natural pest control agents and fertiliser correctly. This resulted in a doubling of the harvest in the first year alone, later rising to an increase of 400%!

With that extra income, our farmers are building brick houses, sending their children to university and getting good healthcare. And it's going to get even better, because the Fair Trade label and organic cocoa are also on their way. It is a great job, a very busy job, in which I derive a lot of benefit from my time at Van Hall Larenstein.'

Wiebe Draijer, Extension Manager at Cocoa Abrabopa in Ghana
Wiebe Draijer, Extension Manager at Cocoa Abrabopa in Ghana