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Sanne Swinkels

Sanne Swinkels

YEP period 2022 - 2024, batch 27

Young Expert at Fiber Foods - Uganda

YEP Role

Fiber Foods is a start-up that develops fair, gender and planet friendly food value chains in Uganda, that are 100% market driven. The first value chain that we are focusing on is of young jackfruit, that we source from smallholder farmers and process into fibers with small processing companies in Uganda. The fibers are being shipped to the Netherlands, where they are being used to create meat substitutes.

In my role as Planning & Traceability Manager I am responsible for planning the sourcing and production of our jackfruit product. Besides that I develop and manage the traceability systems that we have in place. For instance to trace our product back to the farmers we work with and to make sure they are paid a fair price at all times.


  • Ideation & Innovation
  • Performance oriented
  • Action oriented
  • Facilitation & presentation
  • Networking


  • Nationality: Dutch
  • Education:
    • MSc International Development Studies (Economics) – Wageningen University
    • BSc International Development Studies – Wageningen University

Experience before YEP

  • 2022 – current - Planning & Traceability Manager (Fiber Foods)
  • 2020 – current - Workshop developer and facilitator (self-employed)
    • Started own business in development and facilitation of workshops and workshop series in the area of achieving personal goals students at Wageningen University.
  • 2019 – 2021 - Project Officer International CSR / Sector Transitions (MVO Nederland)
    • Working on several (international) projects in sectors such as agrifood, coffee, circular entrepreneurship and textiles.
  • 2020 – Research Intern Microcredit (Pure Africa Coffee BV)
    • Researching the influence of microcredit with low-interest rates for coffee farmers in Rwanda in partnership with a Rwandan microfinance institution.
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