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Conference “Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact”

Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact
November 9, 2017 By: F&BKP Office Image: F&BKP Office

NWO-WOTRO and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP), in close cooperation with the Dutch Ministries of Foreign and Economic Affairs are organizing the conference “Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact” on December 1, 2017 in The Hague, the Netherlands.

The aim of this conference is to improve the link between (interim) results of the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF) and the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP) research projects and the Dutch policy and programmes in the field of food and nutrition security. The intended outcome is to strengthen policy relevance and uptake of research results through a constructive dialogue between researchers and Dutch policy makers.

The conference brings together consortium members of the 45 ARF and 30 GCP projects, targeted Dutch policy makers, and professionals from the larger F&BKP network. Insight will be given in the unique ARF and GCP instruments which fund multi-actor research-business groups that focus on local food security issues in LMICs and have much attention for co-creation and research uptake.  There will be an opening by Rob de Vos (Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs), key-note speeches from Brave Ndisale (FAO) and Cees Leeuwis (WUR) and the Agrofood Broker of the Year Award will be presented. Furthermore, thematic focus areas based on (interim) results, innovations, potential outcomes and interesting experiences of the projects, and related to Dutch policy, will be used to focus the dialogue in different ”round table” sessions during the conference. The thematic focus areas will be:

  1. Innovation for food security
  2. Nutrition and consumption
  3. Inclusive business development
  4. Knowledge co-creation for food security
  5. Aquaculture and fisheries
  6. Urban food systems
  7. Climate Smart Agriculture
  8. Conflict sensitivity and food security


Registration for the conference is now open via this link.  Please note that places are limited; therefore you will receive a personal email confirmation in November if your registration has been accepted or not.

Please also note that NWO-WOTRO and the F&BKP are unfortunately not able to cover travel and accommodation costs related to the conference.



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