Dr. André de Jager is the director of the North and West Africa Division (NWAFD), based in Accra, Ghana. He works with donors, cooperating entities and over 200 staff members to execute IFDC projects in 16 countries in the region. Previously, de Jager served as the NWAFD agribusiness program leader. He has more than 20 years of experience in agricultural economics and project management. Before joining IFDC, de Jager managed the division of international markets and networks at the Agricultural Economics Research Institute, a research group focusing on international value chain development. For over seven years, he managed one of the major international development-oriented research programs at Wageningen University and Research Center, with an annual budget of € 7 million. During this period, he managed and coordinated a number of the Netherlands' major initiatives on developing public-private partnerships in the agricultural sector in East Africa and initiated various private sector-driven agricultural training programs in Africa. He served numerous short-term consultancies in Africa and Asia, including conducting market studies, agro-supply chain studies and enterprise development.
De Jager has served in more than 20 countries on four continents. He is the author of numerous scientific journal articles, book chapters, reports and books and is an active lecturer at symposiums. De Jager holds a doctorate in communication and innovation studies and plant production systems and a master’s degree in agricultural economics and horticulture from Wageningen University. In addition he completed a one-year, master’s-level training program in business administration for managers of small- and medium-sized enterprises and government organizations in The Netherlands.