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Knowledge sharing and research uptake are an integral part of the GCP 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 GCP can be found on this page.

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Scaling Climate Smart Agriculture in East Africa
February 13, 2018Knowledge activity
Scaling Climate Smart Agriculture in East Africa

“We need to stretch ourselves and our outcomes, such that our Climate Smart Agriculture research has an  outreach to 7 million farmers, rather than the 350 per project that we are focusing on initially”, commented Bruce Campbell, director of CCAFS. In GCP-4, eight research projects were funded on scaling of Climate Smart Agricultural practices. The call is a first stepping stone towards the Netherlands’ partnership with the CGIAR. »

Advancing joint strategies for inclusive Agri-Business in Kenya
February 7, 2018Knowledge activity
Advancing joint strategies for inclusive Agri-Business in Kenya

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) recently organized a knowledge sharing meeting on inclusive agri-business (IAB) strategies in Nairobi, Kenya. The theme of the afternoon session was Connecting research with policy and practice. Please find here the report and video impression of the meeting. »

Understanding better who benefits from Inclusive Business Models for Food and Nutrition Security
January 24, 2018Knowledge activity
Understanding better who benefits from Inclusive Business Models for Food and Nutrition Security

“Inclusive Business Models offer opportunities for economic and social development for certain groups, but they are not effective as means to poverty alleviation”. That finding was presented by Guus van Westen (Utrecht University), coordinator of the Follow the Food project. This entails one of the nine research consortia funded within GCP-2, that were all present during their midterm meeting in Kenya from January 15 till 19. »

Creating Stories of Change
January 22, 2018Knowledge activity
Creating Stories of Change

On November 1, 2017, NWO-WOTRO together with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform offered a training to GCP consortia on how to write and tell stories of change. The training was set up to enhance the skills of GCP researchers to identify and present their research insights to various target audiences. Several stories of change were developed after the training and published on the project pages. »

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. »

Granted GCP projects scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture
November 9, 2017News
Granted GCP projects scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture

WOTRO, in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the F&BKP, granted eight projects in the fourth call within the Global Challenges Programme (GCP). The call focuses on contributing to business models, incentives and innovative finance for scaling Climate Smart Agriculture. »

Report Stakeholder Engagement Training
June 13, 2017Knowledge activity
Report Stakeholder Engagement Training

NWO-WOTRO and the F&BKP organized a training for research projects of the Global Challenges Programme. The training focused on stakeholder engagement: how do you engage the wider circle of stakeholders in your research? A report of the training which took place on March 30, 2017, is now available online. »

Midterm discussions First Call Food & Business Global Challenges Programme
April 12, 2017Knowledge activity
Midterm discussions First Call Food & Business Global Challenges Programme

The five GCP-1 projects came together for their midterm workshop in Accra, Ghana. The workshop also included a public meeting on “Inclusive Food Value Chains”. The detailed report of the three-day workshop is now available online. »

Joint learning with a focus on smallholders: a custom-made process
March 8, 2017News
Joint learning with a focus on smallholders: a custom-made process

In the end of 2016, the five NWO-WOTRO projects funded within the first call of the Global Challenges Programma (GCP-1) of the Food and Business Research Programme were at their midterm stage. »

First observations and lessons on co-creation and research uptake for impact
March 7, 2017News
First observations and lessons on co-creation and research uptake for impact

In the context of the GCP-1 midterm review, this article provides an insight into some NWO-WOTRO and F&BKP lessons on transdisciplinary collaboration. »

The relevance of longer-term research
March 6, 2017News
The relevance of longer-term research

Longer-term research has as much, but complementary, relevance for the objective of food security as shorter-term research. The research funded through the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP) may last four to five years. This allows for methodologies that require time to lead to results, such as in-depth studies, iterative research approaches and more »

Launch fourth call Global Challenges Programme
January 20, 2017News
Launch fourth call Global Challenges Programme

NWO-WOTRO has launched the fourth call for proposals for the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme on Scaling Climate Smart Agriculture. GCP aims to generate research-based advanced understanding of 1) emerging key issues in food security and their impact on regional and local food security and 2) the role of 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. »

Awarded Integrated Projects in third call Global Challenges Programme
May 20, 2016News
Awarded Integrated Projects in third call Global Challenges Programme

Five Integrated Projects have been awarded grants within the third Call of the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP). The theme of the Call, which was developed by the F&BKP, is “Transformation of food systems with a focus on sustainability and urbanization”. »

Six projects granted within Food & Business GCP-2
April 22, 2015News
Six projects granted within Food & Business GCP-2

Six research proposals have been awarded funding within the second Call of the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP). The theme of the Call, which NWO-WOTRO developed together with the F&BKP, is ‘inclusive business models for food security and regional trade for food security’. There is an urgent and growing need for new knowledge that »

Launch third call Global Challenges Programme
April 21, 2015News
Launch third call Global Challenges Programme

NWO-WOTRO has launched the third call for proposals within the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP). The theme of the call, which was developed in close collaboration with the F&BKP, is “Transformation of food systems with a focus on sustainability and urbanization”. »

Network meeting on impact for projects of the Global Challenges Programme (first Call)
October 16, 2014News
Network meeting on impact for projects of the Global Challenges Programme (first Call)

Food & Business Research is one of the main research programmes of NWO-WOTRO. The Programme aims at addressing persistent food security challenges in low- and middle-income countries. It focuses on the urgent and growing need for adequate knowledge and solutions for regional and local problems related to food security. »

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. »

New Food & Business research projects awarded
May 1, 2014News
New Food & Business research projects awarded

In April 2014, ten Food & Business (F&B) research projects have been awarded funding by WOTRO Science for Global Development. Five projects fall under the F&B Global Challenges Programme (GCP), the other five will receive funding from the F&B Applied Research Fund (ARF). »

Launch second call Global Challenges Programme
April 10, 2014News
Launch second call Global Challenges Programme

On April 10, 2014 WOTRO Science for Global Development launches the second call within the Global Challenges Programme. The call has been developed in collaboration with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform and focuses on two priority areas for research and innovation: Inclusive business models for food security and Regional trade for food security. »