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IOB workshop “Food for thought” at Africaday
Workshop Food for thought at Africaday
Saturday April 14, 2018 Image: IOB (by: Catharinus Wierda, Solidaridad)
11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)
Mauritskade 63
Amsterdam, 1092 AD
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IOB is organizaing two workshops during the Africaday 2018 on April 14. The workshops deal with lessons learned from evaluations of the Dutch food security and improved water management policies. The workshop on food security is entitled “Food for thought: who is at the table in value chain development?” and takes place at 11:30 am. 

Value chain development – organizing farmers and linking them to companies for input and output markets – can increase production and income. Therefore, it has a prominent place in Dutch food security policy for developing countries. The evaluation department (IOB) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs just evaluated this policy. It identified a number of challenges that may reduce the effect of value chain development on food security, including:

  1. poorer farmers and women may not participate,
  2. products may not contribute to a healthy diet of consumers, and
  3. increased income may not be spent on healthy food.

There are also positive examples of value chain development successfully improving food security. IOB discusses what value chain development entails and what role it plays in the Dutch food security policy and presents insights from own case studies and the broader literature. Solidaridad will present examples in the dairy sector in Bangladesh and Tanzania, of which one was evaluated by IOB. The presentations will be followed by a discussion with workshop participants on the recommendations for a future food security policy.

Speakers are: Ferko Bodnár, IOB; Rob Kuijpers, former IOB, current Leuven University; Catharinus Wierda, Solidaridad.

More information

  • For more information on both IOB workshops, please visit the IOB website.
  • For the detailed programme and all workshops of Africaday 2018, please visit the Afrikadag 2018 website.
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