‘Cocoa beans could be processed much more in Ivory Coast and Ghana’

Ken Giller, Professor of Plant Production Systems, has devoted his life’s work to solving the problems of small African farmers. ‘We see poverty among pretty much all farmers in Africa, also coffee or maize farmers. It is the poverty of a growing population that works for 90% in agriculture, on smaller and smaller farms,’ Giller analyses. This is among other things a consequence of the African inheritance structure, in which, in a family of four children, every child would inherit one quarter of the land.