Koppert’s journey began in 1967 when Dutch cucumber grower Jan Koppert faced a pest problem. He was the first to discover a natural ally for fighting pests and diseases – beneficial insects that control crop-damaging pests – and was so impressed by the results that he decided to share this natural, eco-friendly solution with fellow growers, sowing the seeds of sustainable agriculture and Koppert’s economic success of today.
Supporting growers in more than 100 countries to successfully apply sustainable growing methods, Koppert’s journey in Africa began in 2006 when they planted their roots in Kenya, focusing primarily on the flower sector. Over time, Koppert’s array of biological growing solutions grew beyond high-value flower crops to embrace lower-value agricultural crops. This expansion not only diversified their target audience but also allowed them to reach small- and medium-sized farmers across Kenya and East Africa. Charles Macharia, General Manager Koppert East Africa, emphasised the importance of this approach, saying, “When smallholder and medium-sized farmers have access to Koppert solutions, they are able to protect their crops in a more sustainable manner, guaranteeing safety for both their yields and the environment.”