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Reconciling private rights and public goods
March 22, 2019Expert opinion
Reconciling private rights and public goods
By: Bram de Jonge

CGIAR regards the results of its R&D activities as international public goods and is committed to their widespread diffusion to achieve the maximum possible access and scope of impact to advantage the poor, especially farmers in developing countries. At the same time, CGIAR and other public research organisations apply Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs). This article addresses the question how exclusive rights on new technologies can be reconciled with the production of international public goods. »

Food for All Talk
March 21, 2019Knowledge activity
Food for All Talk “The Nutritious Supply Chain: Optimizing Humanitarian Food Aid”
By: F&BKP Office

On March 19, another Food for All Talk (#FFATalks) under the WBG-Netherlands Partnership took place, entitled “The Nutritious Supply Chain: Optimizing Humanitarian Food Aid”. Dr. Hein Fleuren of the Zero Hunger Lab and the Tilburg School of Economics & Management presented how they developed  a model that simultaneously optimizes the food basket to be delivered, the sourcing plan, the routing plan, and the transfer modality. »

Report GCP-3 Midterm Workshop and Public Seminar
March 14, 2019Knowledge activity
Report GCP-3 Midterm Workshop and Public Seminar
By: F&BKP Office

Eight consortia of projects funded in the third call of the Food & Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP-3) gathered in Accra, Ghana, for their midterm meeting on January 14-17, 2019. The full report of the meeting, organized by NWO-WOTRO and including a public event organized by the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, has now been published online. »

Dutch Food Security Policies embrace Food Systems Approach
February 25, 2019Expert opinion
Dutch Food Security Policies embrace Food Systems Approach
By: Ruerd Ruben Theme: Food Systems Approach

Dutch food security programs in the international development domain have been mainly focussed during the last few decades on increasing agricultural production and reinforcing international trade of tropical commodities. This focus is now gradually changing towards activities that devote key attention to gender and nutrition, circularity and climate resilience, and upgrading of agro-food value chains. Moreover, there is a growing interest in systematic learning from interventions by engaging researchers into development programs. »

Summary video public seminar “Future food systems for Ghanaian food security”
February 21, 2019Knowledge activity
Summary video public seminar “Future food systems for Ghanaian food security”
By: F&BKP Office

On Thursday afternoon January 17, 2019, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development organized the public seminar “Future food systems for Ghanaian food security” in Accra. Please watch the summary video. »

Next round in funding senior CGIAR experts
February 20, 2019News
Next round in funding senior CGIAR experts
By: multiple authors

Senior Experts, employed by Dutch research organizations and involved in CGIAR research or management, are offered a chance to spend (more) time on their CGIAR activities. The call to cover some of their personnel costs has been reopened with an adjustment in requirements for the Senior Expert. The deadline for the next assessment round is June 4, 2019. »

The Access to Seeds Index 2019 – Global Seed Companies
February 20, 2019News
The Access to Seeds Index 2019 – Global Seed Companies
By: F&BKP Office

Global seed companies are adapting their products to combat the impact of climate change and address nutrition needs. But limited access to quality seed in many emerging economies persists, with the global seed industry reaching just 10% of the world’s smallholder farmers, according to a new study. »

Innovative insurance service for farmers based on satellite data gets commercial follow up in Uganda
February 15, 2019News
Innovative insurance service for farmers based on satellite data gets commercial follow up in Uganda
By: G4AW Netherland...

Smallholder farmers in Uganda are increasingly vulnerable to risks associated with changing weather patterns. The SUM-Africa project, supported by the G4AW program of Netherlands Space Office (NSO), provides satellite based drought index insurance to protect these smallholders. This week the Ugandan Agro Insurance Consortium (AIC) and the Dutch company EARS) signed a long-term contract to continue the delivery of this service. »

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