Frans Verberne

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Food & Business Knowledge Platform

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Frans Verberne is leading the Office team which facilitates the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. Frans graduated from Wageningen UR and has been working for nearly 30 years on sustainable development in different sectors such as rural development and agriculture. His focus was on development and evaluation of strategies, policy and programmes and on organizational and institutional change. He likes to deal with complex change processes in cooperation with multiple stakeholders.

From 2002-2012, Frans was managing director of ETC Foundation, a Dutch based NGO / knowledge organization working on agriculture, access to energy and health in developing countries and the Netherlands. ETC is a facilitator of several unique international thematic partnerships. Frans worked for 10 years with Environmental Resources Management, an international consultancy. He started his career with IESA (Institute for Environment and System Analysis), worked on research and policy analysis and advised industry on environmental management.

He is employed by AgriProFocus, a partnership that promotes farmer entrepreneurship in developing countries. Dutch member organizations connect professionals and expertise, provide inputs and facilitate knowledge exchange and innovation. The partnership has extensive networks at developing country level, the so-called country networks.


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