Educational programme for 8-10 year old schoolkids
The Koppert Foundation supports ‘Nature’s little helpers’ project. This educational programme was developed in 2017 by Koppert Biological Systems in honour of the company’s 50-year jubilee and was compiled in collaboration with the Naturalis Biodiversity Centre.
The programme allows children (8-10 years) to be amazed and inspired by nature. By acquainting themselves with bumblebees and their pollination, tiny insects and their usefulness in nature, and the story of farmer Dennis’s diseased sweet pepper plants, children are introduced to the amazing power of nature. All this while using the childrens’ lunch box or break snack as a starting point and learning what comes from nature and what does not. Active learning is central. What makes the programme unique is its authenticity: children get to plant seeds, there is a preserved bumblebee in the package, and they go on an outdoor expedition to see tiny living insects.
In 2018, the programme will be promoted at schools and Nature and Environmental Education organizations in the Netherlands. The NME organizations serve regional primary schools with teaching material about nature and the environment.
The objective of this programme is to inspire as many children as possible, to make them aware of the usefulness of nature, and influence their attitude and behaviour with regard to nature. This matches Koppert Biological Systems’ company mission: to deal with the planet in a sustainable way, now and in the future.
More information can be found on the website: www.hulptroepenuitdenatuur.nl (so far only in Dutch)
CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International) and Koppert Biological Systems signed an agreement to formalize the joint effort for organizing plant doctor trainings in Kenya. The agreement was signed on March 20th in Nairobi, Kenya during the Koppert Biocontrol Dinner Event that was hosted as part of the 2-day NewAg Biocontrol Africa conference.
These trainings aim to equip existing plant doctors (beginning in Kenya) with more practical knowledge and skills related to Integrated Pest and Disease Management in small holder farms.
CABI and Koppert were also presented with a cheque from the Koppert Foundation. This Foundation contributes to projects that make sustainable farming inputs available and accessible in areas where that is not taken for granted. Ulrich Kuhlmann (Executive Director, Global Operations, CABI) and Henri Oosthoek (Managing Director, Koppert Biological Systems) gratefully accepted the € 32.500,- cheque handed by Ed Moerman (executive manager, Koppert Foundation).
This sum enables the development of the curriculum and some pilot trainings in Kenya. All are convinced that this is the beginning of a trajectory of capacity building that finally can reach an enormous number of small farmers. CABI and Koppert believe it will help them to utilize the untapped potential of beneficial organisms from nature, as well as commercially available biocontrol products.
The Koppert Foundation wants to thank all givers for their contribution on the occasion of ‘50 years Partners with Nature’. The response was overwhelming: approximately € 45.000 was donated! The directors had promised beforehand that Koppert Biological Systems would double the amount, so in total € 90,000 is now available for the four projects that were selected.
The Project Board has decided to divide this as follows:
Trees for All – Bolivia: € 20,000
Food garden – Rotterdam: € 5,000
Food for youth – Uganda: € 32,500
Training plant doctors – Kenya: € 32,500
We will gladly keep you informed of the exact completion and development of all projects through our website.
The Koppert Foundation Project Board & Working Group
The Koppert Foundation was established during Koppert Biological Systems’ golden jubilee year of 2017; making both the official registration of the Foundation and the acquisition of the ANBI status a fact.
Trees for All is a charity that aims to develop and support projects that contribute to sustainable development and have an economic, ecological and social value for society. By protecting and planting trees they want to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and climate, and to increase the income and improve the environment of local people. Currently Trees for All has projects running in Malaysia, Philippines, Mali and Bolivia. The Koppert Foundation would like to support the project in Bolivia. The project supports sustainable agroforestry: Smallholder farmers in Bolivia are encouraged to plant
production forest and fruit trees. In the long term, they will gain an income from these trees. The project also includes education on the sustainable use of the forest and microcredit options, which farmers can invest in sustainable agriculture in order to generate an income in the short term. By sponsoring this project, the Koppert Foundation aims to contribute to the conservation of biodiversity and climate, and to support smallholder farmers.
For more information see www.treesforall.nl/projecten/smart-forest/
The Christian Childcare Programme aims to contribute to the development of unprivileged children in Uganda, mainly by child sponsoring and setting up and developing professional education. Recently CCP started a new project: Food for Youth. The aim of this project is to plant fruit trees and firewood trees that are better resistant to climate challenges. The project also includes the establishment of a small-scale greenhouse for the production of vegetables. Staff will be trained in agricultural skills which will benefit them further in life. Koppert has been involved with CCP for a long time. By sponsoring the Food for Youth project, the Koppert Foundation aims to enhance the sustainability of CCP by improving the life standard of the students and spreading the knowledge of intensive farming.
For more information about the CCP project see www.ccp-uganda.org; You will find more information (in Dutch only at this stage) about the agricultural aspect of the project here.
Sharing knowledge is a core value at Koppert Biological Systems. Reason enough for the company to support local agricultural consultants or ‘plant doctors’ in Kenya through a training project on Integrated Pest Management. This activity will make Koppert’s enormous store of hands-on knowledge, expertise and skills available to Kenyan small farmers via these plant doctors.
This, in turn, will help the farmers to grow better and safer crops with less dependence on chemical inputs. Not necessarily by using Koppert products but, in the first place, through a better understanding of biological systems and how best to use these for the benefit of the grower and his family.
Hyperlink to more project information on the web will follow.
The Food Garden was founded in August 2010 in order to supply the Food Bank Rotterdam (that delivers free food packages to low-income households) with fresh and healthy vegetables and fruit. This goal has been achieved and the Food Garden has produced large amounts of vegetables for several years for the food packages distributed by the Food Bank. Everything is homegrown on a vacant lot in Vierhaven in Rotterdam and cultivated by around 45 volunteers. It is one of the few social projects where people with a distance to the labour market are able to produce food for low-income households. Many of the volunteers have indicated that working in the garden makes them feel healthier and gives meaning to their lives. The Food Garden thereby performs multiple functions: it’s a food production garden, a learning and practice garden, a sustainable urban garden and an experimental garden with a therapeutic effect.
The Food Garden supports a sustainable urban society with healthy food for everybody. The Koppert Foundation would like to continue to contribute to this project because it helps to relieve a social welfare need close to our headquarters in Berkel en Rodenrijs.
For more information (in Dutch only at this stage) see www.voedseltuin.com