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Valuable Vegetables - Learning loops for impact in the international horticultural sector
April 11, 2019Knowledge activity
Valuable Vegetables – Learning loops for impact in the international horticultural sector
By: multiple authors Theme: Fruits and Vegetables

The initiative Valuable Vegetables started early April 2019 with an expert meeting in The Hague. Dutch horticulture experts provided input for the agenda of the envisaged multi-stakeholder learning loops, which have the aim to improve practices and policies in the international horticultural sector, particularly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). A summary with outcomes of the meeting is now published online. »

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. »

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May
Inaugural lecture May 7, 2019
Tuesday 7 May 2019
2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

On May 7, 2019, Prof Veena Srinivasan will deliver her inaugural lecture, entitled: “Looking into the crystal ball: Anticipating and influencing change in Asian deltas” as the holder of the Prince Claus Chair in Development and Equity 2018-2020 at Utrecht University.  »

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Diversity workshop May 14, 2019
Tuesday 14 May 2019
All day event

The SCAR Food Systems Strategic Working Group (SCAR FS SWG) is organizing a third and final Diversity workshop on May 14, 2019 in Paris. The workshop is entitled “Diversifying Food Systems in the Pursuit of Sustainable Food Production and Healthy Diets”. »

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AgriFoodTop Symposium 2019
Wednesday 5 June 2019
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Save-the-date: on June 5, 2019, the TopSector Agri & Food organizes its yearly summit in collaboration with Serisou Business on the topic “Climate-friendly innovations”. The summit will be held in »

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