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Research ‘IN’ development: serving several masters
December 12, 2017Knowledge activity
Research ‘IN’ development: serving several masters

Carrying out research through multi-stakeholder partnerships, such as in the Global Challenges Programme (GCP) and Applied Research Fund (ARF) research projects, is relatively new, both in the Netherlands and its partner countries in the Global South. Knowledge co-creation is defined as joint learning and knowledge exchange processes through which actors create and negotiate new knowledge. It corresponds with the idea that not only scientific knowledge is relevant to finding solutions to persistent and ‘wicked’ problems such as food security, but that knowledge from other actors, such as farmers, the private sector and policymakers, is also important. Furthermore, bringing together different perspectives allows for knowledge that is not only scientifically reliable, but is also accepted and applicable in different social contexts. »

Inclusive business – a solution to a problem or dot on the horizon?
December 12, 2017Knowledge activity
Inclusive business – a solution to a problem or dot on the horizon?

Now that development policy is increasingly looking to the private sector for solutions, the question of how to achieve inclusiveness in business development to enhance the food security of smallholder producers and poor consumers is becoming more important. Inclusive business models are presented as a solution, a way in which companies can include societal objectives in their way of working. However, these models have yet to succeed. This was the central dilemma posed in the session on “Inclusive business development for food security”. »

Exploring the potential of local foods to alleviate malnutrition
December 12, 2017Knowledge activity
Exploring the potential of local foods to alleviate malnutrition

With malnutrition rampant in many parts of the world, specific interventions are needed to promote healthy diets. This session on “Nutrition and consumption” focused on the preferences of local consumers and made the case for promoting “local foods”, which can be added to diets to diversify consumption patterns. However, promoting local foods to people at risk and the general population comes with both nutritional benefits and risks, which need to be explored. In parallel, the implications of various interventions for local and national value chain development also need to be explored. »

Building bridges and joining forces for innovation
December 12, 2017Knowledge activity
Building bridges and joining forces for innovation

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” With this old Ghanaian saying Worlali Senyo, Director of Growth, Development and Research at Farmerline Ltd in Ghana, opened the session on “Innovation for Food Security”. The saying adequately captured the issue at the heart of the discussions, i.e. that meaningful innovation for food security requires joint efforts and the explicit inclusion of multiple stakeholders and local communities to ensure the widespread uptake of solutions. »

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. »

Development of two pilot allotment gardens in two cities of Benin
November 14, 2017Research project
Development of two pilot allotment gardens in two cities of Benin

In the framework of the GCP project “Allotment gardens and food security in urban Africa” two allotment pilots are being developed to assess their impact on food security of urban poor. After a long search with the support of local authorities, two sites have been found in Benin, at Calavi and Porto-Novo. »