Wijnand van IJssel

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Company / Organization / University

Ministry of Foreign Affairs - IGG

Role / Title

Senior Advisor Food Security

Bio / Specialization

Wijnand van IJssel is senior policy officer for the knowledge agenda food security at the Inclusive Green Growth department of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affair in The Hague.

From 2016 to 2019, Wijnand was Senior Advisor Food Security at the World Bank Group in Washington, DC (Global Practice Agriculture & NL-Ministry of Foreign Affairs). He is liaison for the World Bank-Netherlands strategic partnership "Food for All", strengthening analytical work and operational programmes on food security by creating knowledge-based synergies under the partnership.

From August 2011 to September 2016 Wijnand was senior policy officer for the knowledge agenda food security at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affair in The Hague.
From 2013 till 2016 he was secretary to the Steering Committee of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. He has been instrumental in the establishment of the Food & Business knowledge agenda and its various components such as the Office of the Platform and the research funding instruments at WOTRO.

Wijnand studied tropical forestry at Wageningen University and worked and lived for 20 years in six different developing countries, employed by FAO, SNV, DHV and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2006 he returned to the Netherlands posted with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague.
Wijnand lives in Ede, is married and has three kids.


What’s next for CGIAR?

CGIAR with its 15 research institutions around the world, mostly Global South, is on a reform path. Some old hands will smile, again? Yes, again. Some institutional reform gurus will applaud: you should never stop renewing and reinventing yourself. Wijnand van IJssel sheds his light on the complete overhaul to “One CGIAR”. »

Food for All partnership – update May 2018

In the framework of the WBG-Netherlands Food for All Partnership, Wijnand van IJssel – Senior Advisor Food Security at WBG Global Practice Agriculture – has been in the Netherlands from May 11 till June 5 to strengthen and operationalize the Partnership. He published a blog on the series of meetings and events he attended, including the Datathon Food Loss and Waste. »

Learning journey for Dutch Embassies through Ethiopia

For three days in October 2014, a group of 20 staff from nine Dutch embassies travelled through Ethiopia for a learning event, reflected on Food & Nutrition Security (FNS) programmes in their countries. »