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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has approved the four-year Plan of Action (2019 – 2022) of the Knowledge Programme for Food Security (KP), which builds on the experience of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) that exists since September 2013 and the Embassy Support Programme run by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation for about 10 years. Also included is the Talent Pool which places trainees at Ministries and Embassies.

The Steering Committee

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 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.

The Office

The secretariat of the KP will for now operate in a similar mode as in 2013-2018. Further updates on the organizational structure will be provided when the envisioned NFP will be launched.

The Office is responsible for the knowledge management of the Platform and 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 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.