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Knowledge sharing and research uptake are an integral part of the ARF research projects. The Platform facilitates knowledge exchange and learning with close and wider groups of stakeholders. News items on various events and workshops related to ARF can be found on this page.

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Co-creation and Research Uptake: The best way to go
April 10, 2018Research project
Co-creation and Research Uptake: The best way to go

Africano Kangire (PhD) is principal investigator on the Applied Research Fund project IRESO in Uganda. In this blog he describes his reflections on the main concept of the international ARF workshop in February 2018, aiming at the improvement of research for business and food security development through co-creation and research uptake. »

Nutrition-Sensitive Value Chains and Food Systems for Ethiopia: Where Are the Entry Points?
March 19, 2018News
Nutrition-Sensitive Value Chains and Food Systems for Ethiopia: Where Are the Entry Points?

An overview of an address to the Public Seminar on “The potential of value chains for nutrition:  A knowledge exchange for better informed policies and practices” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Written by Namukolo Covic (Senior Research Coordinator) & Belay Terefe (Research Associate) of A4NH in Ethiopia. »

Co-creation, research uptake and nutrition-sensitive value chains
February 21, 2018Knowledge activity
Co-creation, research uptake and nutrition-sensitive value chains

The third international workshop of the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF) took place from February 13 to 16, 2018, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The workshop focused on on co-creation and research uptake and was organized by NWO-WOTRO and the F&BKP, in collaboration with AgriProFocus and IFPRI Ethiopia. The public seminar on the third day was entitled “The potential for nutrition-sensitive value chains”. »

F&BKP special ARF #01
February 14, 2018News
F&BKP special ARF #01

The F&BKP, together with NWO-WOTRO, has published a special edition of the F&BKP newsletter, dedicated to the research projects funded within the first call of the Applied Research Fund (ARF-1). The newsletter features the ARF Brochure in which the programme is presented, ARF factsheets from eight ARF-1 projects and one finalized ARF-2 project, and other outputs from the research projects. »

Brochure Applied Research Fund - Research innovations for food and nutrition security
December 13, 2017Study
Brochure Applied Research Fund – Research innovations for food and nutrition security

Achieving food and nutrition security for all is a global challenge, which is closely associated with efforts to end poverty, mitigate the effects of climate change and stop the worldwide depletion of natural capital. The Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF) aims to contribute, be it in a modest way, to tackling this urgent global challenge. Now that the ARF has reached the halfway point a brochure has been developed with experiences from partner perspectives so far. »

Research & policy: two peas in a pod?  Impression of a food security impact dialogue
December 13, 2017Expert opinion
Research & policy: two peas in a pod? Impression of a food security impact dialogue

The Dutch Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and the Applied Research Fund (ARF) and Global Challenges Programme (GCP) research projects have made a lot of progress in improving the link between research and policy. With most of the 75 ARF/CGP research projects well under way, it is time to take stock. This was the purpose of the conference “Research & policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact” organized by F&BKP and NWO-WOTRO. »

Reflection on
December 8, 2017Expert opinion
Reflection on “Research & policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact”

A blog by the Governance and Inclusive Development group. Research & policy related to food security: can they be seen as two peas in a pod? Or are bridges between the ‘world of research’ and the ‘world of science’ still scarce and hard to build? The Food & Business Knowledge Platform and NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development organized a conference with the aim to improve the links between research and policy. »

Co-creating with research for sustainable development, a policy perspective
December 8, 2017Expert opinion
Co-creating with research for sustainable development, a policy perspective

Developing economies are facing major, complex challenges to eradicate poverty, ensure food security and promote economic growth. As global community, we need to increase efforts to deliver on our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Researchers work in consortia with policy makers and practitioners to jointly work on challenges. Together they develop and make knowledge and practices available, and help drive innovative solutions for development. »

Conference
November 24, 2017News
Conference “Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact”

NWO-WOTRO and the F&BKP, in close cooperation with the Dutch Ministries of Foreign and Economic Affairs are organizing a conference”Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact”, on December 1, 2017 in The Hague, the Netherlands. Concept notes of the thematic session are now available in PDF. »

Report ARF country workshop Uganda
July 17, 2017Knowledge activity
Report ARF country workshop Uganda

A detailed report of the Applied Research Fund (ARF) country workshop which was held in Uganda in January 2017, is now published online. Representatives of nine ARF projects – from research, the private sector, civil society and governmental agencies – gathered for this country workshop in Entebbe. »

Nine new projects awarded in third call round 2 Applied Research Fund (ARF)
July 13, 2017News
Nine new projects awarded in third call round 2 Applied Research Fund (ARF)

Nine new projects under the second round of the third call of the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF) have received funding from NWO-WOTRO. The new ARF projects will start in the next few months and will take up to three years. »

Report ARF-2 projects International workshop and public seminar in Benin
July 11, 2017Knowledge activity
Report ARF-2 projects International workshop and public seminar in Benin

In October 2016 ARF-2 project members met for a learning exchange during the second International workshop of the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF) in Cotonou, Benin. The workshop focused on knowledge exchange and strategies of co-creation and research uptake. »

Nine Ugandan Food & Business projects gathered to enhance their policy relevance
February 2, 2017News
Nine Ugandan Food & Business projects gathered to enhance their policy relevance

Representatives of nine Applied Research Fund (ARF) projects – from research, the private sector and NGOs and governmental agencies – gathered for a country workshop in Entebbe on the 26th and the 27th of January. They discussed and reflected upon emerging findings and results of research on food security and private sector development. »

Fruitful exchanges during ARF and GCP workshops in Ghana on enhancing research impact for food security
December 23, 2016News
Fruitful exchanges during ARF and GCP workshops in Ghana on enhancing research impact for food security

Representatives from research, the private sector, NGOs and governmental agencies from ARF and GCP research projects as well as interested experts all gathered recently in Ghana from 12 to 15 December, 2016. Ghanaian experts in the field of food security were also present. »

ARF workshop in Benin on enhancing research impact for food security completed successfully
November 7, 2016News
ARF workshop in Benin on enhancing research impact for food security completed successfully

Practitioners and researchers of seventeen projects within the NWO-WOTRO Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF), gathered in a workshop in Benin from October 25 to 28, 2016. »

Report ARF & CRF projects workshop, Uganda 2015
April 7, 2016Knowledge activity
Report ARF & CRF projects workshop, Uganda 2015

From Thursday October 1 until Saturday October 3, 2015 the “Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF) First Call projects and Competitive Research Fund (CRF) projects workshop” took place in Entebbe, Uganda. The final report, including links to all PowerPoint presentations, has been published now. »

Successful workshop in Uganda on knowledge co-creation and research uptake for food security
October 6, 2015News
Successful workshop in Uganda on knowledge co-creation and research uptake for food security

Co-creation, stakeholder engagement and commercialization of knowledge were the central themes at the three-day-workshop on Food and Business Research in Uganda. About 40 project representatives and 25 external stakeholders actively engaged to enhance the uptake of research with a strong focus on SMEs. »

ARF: An innovative research grant
December 17, 2014News
ARF: An innovative research grant

From November 11 till 14, 2014, a ‘write-shop’ targeting the second Call of the Applied Research Fund (ARF) took place in Uganda. This NWO-WOTRO fund provides grants to applied research contributing to innovation for food security and private sector development in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation. All research is jointly conducted by local practitioners’ organizations, research, and/or higher education organizations. »

Summaries ARF-1 & GCP-1 projects of the NWO-WOTRO Food & Business Research Programme
August 6, 2014News
Summaries ARF-1 & GCP-1 projects of the NWO-WOTRO Food & Business Research Programme

The popular summaries of the eight research projects that recently received funding in the third round of the first call of the Applied Research Fund (ARF) are now published on the NWO-WOTRO website. Also the summaries of the five awarded projects of the first Global Challenges Programme (GCP) call can be found there. »