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 a senior policy officer at the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He specializes in the domain of food & nutrition security, rural development and environmental management in the framework of Dutch development cooperation. As part of the team on food & nutrition security at Foreign Affairs he is responsible for the development and operationalization of a € 35 million/year global investment portfolio in research and knowledge development funded by the Dutch government. He also engages in the agenda on global governance of food systems. He held this position from 2011-2016 and again from September 2019. In the 3 years in between he was seconded to the World Bank’s Agriculture Global Practice in Washington DC.

Wijnand joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1997 at the Embassy in Hanoi, Vietnam. He subsequently served at the Embassy in Maputo, Mozambique and at the Ministry in The Hague. Before 1997 he was posted with FAO in Mauretania and Bhutan, with SNV Netherlands Development Organization in Bhutan and with DHV Consultants in Kenya.

Wijnand obtained his Masters in Tropical Forestry cum laude from Wageningen University & Research. He was born in 1957, is married and has three children.


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. »