Wiebe Draijer, Extension Manager at Cocoa Abrabopa in Ghana. "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%!"
Sustainable Value Chains
Building a fair and sustainable world
The world seems to be getting smaller by the day, while the differences between people are getting bigger and bigger. Opportunities are unequally distributed and the dominant economic interests damage our natural living conditions and harm our natural resources. Fortunately, people, organisations and companies increasingly see the necessity of change and are acting accordingly. Fair Trade is one of the ways of doing that: chains which truly ensure a better life for people from developing countries who produce our coffee, tea, cocoa, bananas, pineapples, palm oil, cotton, and many other tropical crops.
As a chain expert, you will create a better existence for the producers and their organisations, working together with businesses, NGOs and (local) governments. In order to achieve this responsible trade, you will use your knowledge of sustainable food production as well as your people skills and, not least, your economic drive.
Making a difference through trade
No more business as usual. In this professional field you learn how to set up (international) chains that do not harm our planet and provide a decent income for all those involved. Farmers and rural communities all around the world face environmental, economic and social challenges e.g. effects of climate change, lack of access to market, loss of biodiversity, overuse of pesticides or the struggle to earn a decent income.
Sustainable Value Chains hands students tools and knowledge to address these issues. Are you all about sustainable agricultural production, fair trade and environmental protection? Then this is the study for you.
In year two you will do an work placement. This will give you the opportunity to spend time in the actual working environment, preferably outside the Netherlands or the country from which you originate. This will help you to discover more about the area of work, about communication, innovation, cultures, teamwork, working independently and it will simultaneously challenge you personally.
Sustainable trade is something that many companies are trying to and willing to achieve. As more and more producers and consumers worldwide become conscious of the social impact of trade, the more career opportunities there are.
You can become a campaign officer where you draw up plans for how a company can improve their trade methods, you can be a sustainable trade trainer, a buyer for a company or a certification analyst that determines whether a product has been bought and produced fairly.