Some examples of projects

Member Certification Committee Stichting Demeter
Besides my work as an entrepreneur, I would like to use my knowledge and experience as a volunteer. To this end, I have joined the DemeterCertification Committee. Here I can contribute from my practical and theoretical knowledge as an auditor, certifier and accreditor in the Demeter world.
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Develop a score system for a milk processor
A milk processor in Germany has asked me to develop a score system, to reflect where the dairy farmers stand in relation to the mutual principles. Together with the farmers, we have developed a form to carry out a self-evaluation.
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Set-up sales procedure
A former colleague has asked me to help streamline the administrative procedure for sales of agricultutral machines. Together with involved staff, we have set-up a lean and simple system, so data entry is minimised and data can be used later.
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Projects for Biodynamic Association Demeter International
Demeter International is the umbrella organisation of national Demeter certifiers and Biodynamic organisations. This worldwide network focusses on mutual cooperation in relation to principles, standards and procedures. I am involved in several projects concerning inspection and certification.
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Variety of inspections and audits
For Stichting Demeter in the Netherlands I carry out Demeter audits of farmers and processors. In the United Kingdom I have been employed as an inspector.
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Further development organic and Demeter certification scheme in Egypt
COAE is the Demeter certifier in Egypt. In collaboration with EBDA, the Biodynamic association, the cooperation between the organizations and the certification procedures are being further developed. They asked for my support in this process. Additional goal is to be accredited for organics again.
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Peer review project
Inspections on minimum standards are important to guarantee the quality of certification marks. For the Demeter label of biodynamic agriculture and processing, further development is essential. I have participated in various projects and initiatives to support this development.
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Variety of workshops and trainings
In various settings I organized and carried out workshops and presentations. From presentations for farmers and processors to conversion training and international certification workshops.
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Implementation certification EKO quality seal
The EKO seal stands for organic with added value. Farmers, traders, processors, gastronomists and retailers aim for the best and work on deepening and sustainability. I am asked to help organising inspections and certifications.
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Cooperation between farmers
Cooperation between arable farmers and livestock farmers by exchanging manure and fodder is an opportunity to close loops and strengthen both holdings. For a group of Demeter poultry farmers I have supported in finding suitable partner farms for the production of fodder.
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Development and implementation of risk based inspections
Many certification systems are based on an annual, physical inspection. This project for Demeter Germany showed that too much time was needed for very simple operations, such as pressing small amounts of apple juice. But there was not enough time for complicated processes, such as the production of baby food.
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Database solutions
Data are extremely important. Theoretically everything can be programmed, in practice there are big challenges here. Programmers literally speak a different language than the people who have to work with the data. This may be even stronger for people in idealistic organizations.
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Setting up an accreditation system
The Accreditation Council of Demeter International is working on the global coordination and safeguarding of the various national certification systems. Strengthening the quality of work was necessary.
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Setting up a certification scheme
Together with the Standards Committee, I set up and maintained the standards for biodynamic agriculture with the Demeter brand for the Netherlands. With the Certification Committee I have set up the inspection schemes, checklists and database.
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