Marielle Karssenberg

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Company / Organization / University

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Role / Title

Junior Policy Officer Food and Nutrition Security

Bio / Specialization

Mariëlle Karssenberg has a Master's degree in International Development Studies of Wageningen University & Research. She designed her Master programme around innovation and the interaction between society and technology. Specifically she has an interest in local communities strengths and capabilities.

For fieldwork in the context of her Master Thesis, Mariëlle lived in and around Hawassa, Ethiopia for 2.5 months. There she developed as a person, a woman, a researcher and where her passion for implementing technologies in developing countries increased. Her thesis "Adoption on and beyond the malt barley fields: A case study on the practice of making a livelihood in Guguma, Ethiopia" reveals three mechanisms which influence the adoption process in Guguma: changes in practices; influence from development agents; and insecurity. These mechanisms show that technology adoption research should not only be concerned with technical aspect, but should also deal with the social aspects happening outside of the farmer fields.

Mariëlle also spent 4.5 months in Vietnam in 2017 during an internship at CIAT Asia. Her internship contributed to cassava seed system research. She assisted with data collection in both Cambodia and Vietnam, cleaned and analysed the collected data and contributed to the writing of a research paper.

At the moment (2019), Mariëlle is Junior Policy Officer Food and Nutrition Security at the Inclusive Green Growth department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This position is part of the Advanced Master International Development (AMID)


Rural revitalization and sustainable diets

How do two reports with a different emphasis on the relation between nutrition and agriculture challenge our daily practices and current policies? This was the central question put forward during an event organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on June 4, 2019. Both the IFPRI’s Global Food Policy Report 2019 and EAT-Lancet’s 2019 Commission were presented, followed by an interactive panel discussion with a multi-stakeholder audience. »