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Territorial Approach: A paradigm shift in policy making to fight hunger, poverty and inequality
March 10, 2015Expert opinion
Territorial Approach: A paradigm shift in policy making to fight hunger, poverty and inequality

Income inequality is among the world’s most pressing issues, as highlighted in the recent Report of the United Nations Secretary-General on the Post-2015 Agenda. In developing countries, income inequality is synonymous with spatial disparity, which in most cases coincides with rural-urban disparities. Most food insecure, poor and vulnerable people live in rural areas. The failure »

Second AIM article in a series: Knowledge creation & learning
February 25, 2015Expert opinion
Second AIM article in a series: Knowledge creation & learning
Theme: Nutrition Security

The Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition (AIM) was launched in 2009 as a joint initiative of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ICCO Cooperation, Unilever, DSM, AkzoNobel, the Wageningen University and GAIN. AIM designs innovative social business ideas and sustainable solutions to tackle malnutrition and currently manages a portfolio of nine pilot projects. What these projects »

First AIM article in a series: Scaling up Inclusive Business
December 22, 2014Expert opinion
First AIM article in a series: Scaling up Inclusive Business
Theme: Nutrition Security

Introduction The Amsterdam Initiative against Malnutrition (AIM) brings different stakeholders together to improve food and nutrition security through a broad portfolio of projects. These projects are executed throughout the entire food value chain with a focus on the consumer. Since 2009, AIM has grown to include 30 stakeholder-partners who explore innovative and sustainable solutions to »

Initiatives to combat food wastage: a waste of time?
July 18, 2014Expert opinion
Initiatives to combat food wastage: a waste of time?
Theme: Food Wastage

The recently published F&BKP report on food wastage shows that a significant decline in food wastage will not automatically improve food security. There may be a positive impact on resource efficiency and general food availability in the long term but aspects such as food access, utilization and stability in developing countries will not improve at »

PPPs: listen to the farmers
March 25, 2014Expert opinion
PPPs: listen to the farmers
Theme: Partnerships

Assuming a joint approach would unleash agricultural potential and strengthen the market, Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) have dominated global food security strategies. The debate highlights several strategies, for example, focusing on the local effects of knowledge-sharing through PPP networks, advocating linkages between sectors, or optimizing trade in a corridor approach. Within these approaches there is »

What about nutrition security?
March 21, 2014Expert opinion
What about nutrition security?
Theme: Nutrition Security

In regions that produce cash crops like tea, cocoa and coffee, nutrition security is rarely on the agenda of decisionmakers. However, nutrition is key to triggering a positive effect on the health of farmers and plantation workers, and on economic development and productivity. This article was written by Klaas de Vries as an expert opinion »