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Food Systems: how could a food systems approach work for transitions towards SDG2
December 20, 2018Knowledge activity
Food Systems: how could a food systems approach work for transitions towards SDG2
Theme: Food Systems Approach

The Food Systems approach continues to be a key area of interest and exploration among Dutch knowledge institutions, Ministries and other stakeholders, as reflected by several expert meetings and studies during the past few months. They explore the concept of “food systems” further, trying to enhance understanding of what the “food systems approach” is about, and more importantly, how it could work to enhance the food systems transitions required to achieve SDG2 and other sustainable development goals. »

Two-pagers projects Global Challenges Programme second Call
December 20, 2018Knowledge activity
Two-pagers projects Global Challenges Programme second Call

The Food & Business Global Challenges Programme (GCP) addresses international, regional and global challenges on Food and Nutrition Security as a global public good. Six Integrated Projects of the second Call have now published their midterm factsheets, and one Fast Track project has shared its final findings. »

Scoping mission to implement UNSCR 2417 on hunger and conflict in Horn of Africa
December 12, 2018Knowledge activity
Scoping mission to implement UNSCR 2417 on hunger and conflict in Horn of Africa
Theme: Food security and stability

From November 10 to 22, the F&BKP participated in a scoping mission to Sudan and Somalia organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Purpose of the mission was to inform an upcoming regional resilience programme (FNS-REPRO) that intends to operationalize and implement UNSC Resolution 2417 on hunger and conflict in the Horn of Africa. »

Launch EU Policy brief
November 14, 2018Knowledge activity
Launch EU Policy brief “Programming Research and Innovation for Improved Impact”

Multi-actor research with ex-ante assessment, which is beginning to be applied in EU programmes, can foster development impact when conducted within a right enabling environment. This was concluded by the SCAR Strategic European Working Groups ARCH, AKIS & SCAR Food Systems on October 31, 2018 at a joint launch of the Policy Brief in Brussels. »

European driven Food System effects on people, economies and environments in LMICs
November 12, 2018Knowledge activity
European driven Food System effects on people, economies and environments in LMICs

By assessing economic, ecological and social effects of the European role in food systems in Low and Middle Income countries, EU interventions can be improved for better impact on the SDGs, yet this demands very new ways of multi-actor cooperation. This was concluded during the round table discussion in Brussels on October 31 with high level experts from EC DGs Agri, Research and Development and various European universities. »

Lunch Seminar: Agricultural intensification in the Sahel
October 25, 2018Knowledge activity
Lunch Seminar: Agricultural intensification in the Sahel

Agroforestry is a low cost foundational practice to increase agricultural productivity and set the stage for further intensification. If used in combination with water harvesting, organic manure and micro-doses of good quality fertilizer yields in drylands can increase greatly. This was a key message of Chris Reij, Senior Fellow Global Restoration Initiative at the World Resources Institute, who gave a presentation during a lunch seminar organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. »