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Cedric Steijn

Inclusive Food Systems
Junior Advisor

Cedric Steijn is an agricultural researcher and advisor with over four years of experience in qualitative and quantitative research, agriculture, value chains, sustainable development, and gender. He is fluent in Dutch, English and French.

Cedric’s work centers around tropical agricultural supply chains in Sub-Saharan Africa. The complex cocoa supply chain in West Africa is the main focus of his work. He works on topics such as child labour, living income, deforestation, gender disparities and other issues at the household level. His work takes the form of baseline studies, impact assessments, (CSR) risk assessments and knowledge creation in an attempt to increase the positive impact of sustainability efforts of actors along the cocoa value chain.


  • Evaluation of the Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes (ISLA) programme

    • Institute
    • Project

    In september 2023, KIT completed a mid-term evaluation of the Initiative for Sustainable Landscapes, an international land use management programme of the Sustainable Trade Initiative (IDH), financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The evaluation assesses whether ISLA is on track to reach its goals, and provides recommendations for the second half of the programme. […]

  • The potential of landscape approaches for addressing child labour in sustainability programmes in the cocoa sector

    • Institute
    • Project

    KIT is working with the International Cocoa Initiative (ICI) to map the initiatives that have taken measures to address child labour in West Africa using a landscape, or an area-based, approach. A landscape approach A landscape approach in a programme is a holistic strategy that addresses complex issues by involving all the stakeholders, recognising their […]

  • Unleashing the Potential of Cocoa Households to Earn a Living Income

    • Institute
    • Project

    The Nestlé Cocoa Plan (NCP) Elite programme aims to unleash the potential of a small selection of cocoa farmers and learn from them about how the programme can be expanded to help more farmers earn a living income. KIT assists Nestlé in understanding how successful this programme currently is and how it can be scaled up. Earning a living income is elusive for most cocoa farmers in Côte d’Ivoire  Only a small segment of cocoa-growing households in Côte d’Ivoire earn a living income. […]

  • Demystifying the Cocoa Sector in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire

    • Institute
    • Project

    This major study aims to contribute to the cocoa sector’s body of knowledge and provide a solid evidence base to test common assumptions and beliefs.  The research covers issues such as household demographics, food security and nutrition, and crop choices and crop diversification. Specific to cocoa, the study investigates why households grow cocoa, and analyses […]