Victor Afatsawo is a Certification Expert with over twenty years of experience in the Agro-Business. His extensive international experience in the field has seen him audit some of the continent’s leading plantations including Ghana, South Africa, Egypt, Germany, Cameroon, Senegal, Sierra Leone among many others.
He has experience in crop production (cocoa, coffee, fruits and vegetables) and management experience in the implementation of sustainable programmes for smallholder farmer groups. He has held several managerial positions which include General Manager, Integrated Agro services; Operations Coordinator and Capacity development Manager; Federated Commodities Ltd. He is currently the Sustainability & Projects Manager of Transroyal Ghana Limited.
Victor has pursued several career development courses in various certification standards which include; UTZ certified, GlobalGAP, Tesco Nurture, Fair-trade, Organic, ISO 9001:2015, ISO 22000 and Ethical Trade (ETI). Victor is an approved Lead Auditor as well as a Technical Reviewer in UTZ Certified standard; GlobalGAP, Tesco and Quality Management System-ISO 9001:2015 for the past ten years. He also trains farmers in the formation of FBOs and the implementation of sustainable farming practices using certification as a tool. As a Certification Expert, Victor has Victor is a Local Consultant for Syspons GmBH, Berlin, Germany; Fairmatch Support, Netherlands, German Development cooperation (GIZ), Ghana and an expert for Pesticide Integrated Programme (PIP) of France.
He is an alumnus of Kazakh Agricultural University, Kazakhstan, former Soviet Union and obtained a Master’s degree in Agronomy after successfully defending his research and thesis on ’Developing high yielding inbreed lines of maize’. He also has a postgraduate certificate in Agribusiness management from GIMPA.