Ashoka Changemaker Stories: Geert van der Veer

How to create a fairer food system through citizen involvement

We invite you to join us for Geert van der Veer’s Changemaker Story!

The future is open. A crisis makes people long for recovery, but also for sustainable change. A number of  social entrepreneurs embarked on this path to change long before COVID-19. For example, they have been building a fairer food system, they organize healthcare in a more efficient way, and they work on future-oriented education.

These changmakers are scarce. They are currently illustrating the power of social entrepreneurship and bringing hope with their system changing innovations. Together with our network of influential people, we can provide them with expertise, a network and perhaps also financial support.

Are you an entrepreneur, investor or donor who looks ahead and feels what is needed in times of crisis? Watch and listen to the monthly Ashoka Changemaker Stories online and think along with us.

What is needed now

Right now, social entrepreneurs have to overcome additional obstacles. The COVID-19 crisis clarifies what can be improved and helps us to see what is really important. In this sense, it is also a huge opportunity. You can think along with these impactful pioneers and contribute to social change.

Ashoka Changemaker Stories

Our Fellows give you a glimpse into their world through a virtual tour. This gives you a good idea of ​​their innovation and the impact they are making. Together with you and our select select group of Ashoka Network Supporters (ASN), we will explore how we can help to further scale the solutions of these remarkable entrepreneurs.

July 3, 2020 – Changemaker Story by Geert van der Veer

In this session we ask how to create a fairer food system through citizen involvement. We will hear from Ashoka Fellow Geert van der Veer about his experiences developing a cooperative farming approach focused on community and sustainability. All attendees will have the opportunity to join the discussion.

Geert is the founder of Herenboeren. With an ingenious community concept to produce sustainable food, numerous Herenboeren farms have started opening in the Netherlands. Here, on behalf of the community, a farmer grows what they personally need and would like to eat in a sustainable way.

Register here.


Jul 3, 2020: 15:00 - 16:30
Organizer Ashoka
Website Visit website
Location Online
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, The Netherlands
Africa, Antarctica Region, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Europe, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Kiribati, Mexico, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Nicaragua, Northern America, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela
Sectors Agribusiness, Food production


  • Linda Peia
    Linda Peia
    Senior Change Leader
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    Alexandria, United States of America