People at KWS
A large number of KWS employees are involved in their environment, accompany refugees in everyday life and promote their integration. We support this.
Capacity Development Projects
This initiative, which was set up in the 2012/2013 fiscal year, aims to contribute to the breeding and seed propagation of locally adapted crop varieties in Peru and Ethiopia, and to preserve crop biodiversity locally. KWS works with collaborative partners to train young plant breeders on site, and to strengthen their breeding programmes and gene banks with urgently needed equipment. In addition, in Ethiopia, access of small farmers to improved seed is also supported. In the financial year 2016/2017, we invested €213,195 in this initiative.
We participated in the nationwide scholarship programme of German universities at the University of Göttingen with €14,400. We regularly support scientific conferences, organisations and events.
"New neighbours" initiative
Since 2015, we support the “New neighbours” initiative of the deaconry of Einbeck. For example, KWS employees are involved in the donation warehouse and magazine, accompany refugee families in everyday life and promote their professional integration.
In addition, KWS offers career opportunities to new colleagues with refugee backgrounds - through language training, initial qualifications or training.
"Ackerdemia" school project
With the "Ackerdemia" project, KWS provides supports, along with the start-up and non-profit organisation Verein Ackerdemia e.V. Pupils from schools in Einbeck, Northeim and Wohlde, at the construction and maintenance of a school garden.
Under guidance, pupils turn unused allotments into a vegetable garden. Ackerdemia e.V. advises and supports schools in the planning, installation and care of the school garden. Dedicated teachers look after the young gardeners.