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At Trade Development International we share a heart for Africa. We're driven to improve the livelyhood of farmers and factory workers. Towards the market we are committed to meet quality standards fulfilling our customers' expectations.

Gerard Klijn

  • Director and owner of Trade Development International. In 1993, after years of travel and work in Africa, he founded Global Trading & Agency, an international trading agency in nuts and dried fruit.
  • From 2004 he started investing in production facilities in various African countries.
  • His christian worldview is fueling Gerard’s passion to use TDI for economic development for the benefit of our neighbours in Africa.
  • Gerard has five children and lives with his wife Marinette in Giessenburg, Netherlands.

Kees Blokland

  • Kees Blokland is director and co-owner of Trade Development International.
  • From day 1, Kees has been involved with TDI from the marketing side, up until today where TDI is a global player in the nuts market.
  • Kees is boardmember of the dutch association for subtropical fruits (Nederlandse Zuidvruchten Vereniging) and ambassador for the International Nut Council.
  • From a heart for his neighbours in Africa, Kees helps African farmers access the global markets.
  • Kees has three children and lives with his wife Hetty in Hardinxveld-Giessendam, Netherlands.