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The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) was initiated by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2013. It is one of five Knowledge Platforms that were established to contribute to a robust knowledge base on the priority areas of the Dutch government’s development cooperation policy.

The F&BKP is mandated to support the Dutch policy on global food security as defined by the Ministries of Economic and Foreign Affairs. Our work involves and supports private companies, NGOs and knowledge institutions, since these partners are indispensable for the implementation of the Dutch food security policy in the context of the Dutch Aid and Trade Agenda.

F&BKP Steering Committee

In line with the distinct approach of the F&BKP, the members of the Steering Committee (SC) represent the four corners of the Dutch Diamond: knowledge institutes, the private sector, government and civil society. Together, they are responsible for the F&BKP strategy.

A specific task of the Steering Committee is to advise on the scope and priorities of the two research funds managed by NWO-WOTRO: the Global Challenges Programme (GCP) and the Applied Research Fund (ARF). Together with the F&BKP Office and NWO-WOTRO, the Steering Committee also helps to monitor the effectiveness of the ARF.

To meet the members, visit the Steering Committee page.

F&BKP Office

The F&BKP Office, which is responsible for the knowledge management of the Platform, is a consortium made up of three organizations: AgriProFocus, The Broker and Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI). The Office staff are mainly knowledge brokers, who strengthen their outreach and impact by bringing together the expertise, skills and networks of their respective organizations. The Office team is staffed by these organizations but acts as an independent and neutral entity, located in The Hague.

The F&BKP Office is accountable to the Steering Committee and acts as its secretariat. In this capacity, the Office prepares the quarterly meetings of the SC, its more frequent “Petit Comité” meetings, and the regular contacts between the chair of the SC and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Monthly tripartite meetings are convened between NWO-WOTRO, the Ministry and the Director of the Office.

To meet the members, visit the Office team page.