Our activities

Education

GCFSI @ WUR provides lectures and BSc/MSc thesis and ACT projects/ internship supervision on:

  • Sustainability in agricultural chains and food networks

  • Strategic management in emerging economies

  • Organizational learning and change

  • Entrepreneurship and innovation in developing countries

  • Sustainable production and consumption

  • Inclusive business models/Linking farmers to markets

  • Food system transformation

  • Institutional and policy change for food security

  • Multi-stakeholder engagements and cross-sector partnerships

  • Business implications of production, consumption and migration patterns


Research

We conduct research on the role of innovation, entrepreneurship, strategy, organizational learning and change in international development.

We publish in management, food policy, agricultural economics and sustainable development journals such as the Journal of Management Studies, Journal of Business Ethics, Business & Society, Food Policy, European Review of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Cleaner Production, Agricultural Systems, International Food and Agribusiness Management Review and Economic Botany among others.

Learn more about our research themes and related research questions here.

Please contact us to collaborate to reflect on current practice and advance research in these domains!



Grant acquisition and project management

  • We offer grants for:Student travel funding and research costs
  • Participation to conferences and student case competitions
  • Academic Consultancy Training (ACT) projects

We constantly seek partnerships for project proposals on the topics above. Contact us if you have brilliant ideas to share!


GCFSI research in 2014(Year 2): Net-mapping the legume sector in Malawi

After starting our research with a “hyper plane view” over the entire Africa in 2013, 2014 has been the year of local field action.

LUANAR University in Malawi has been chosen as the African hub for the GCFSI in the years to come.

Together with partners at LUANAR and Michigan State University, our research in Malawi involves analysing the power relationships among stakeholders that constrain much needed innovation in the legume sector

The method chosen to analyse power relationships within and outside the chain is Net-Mapping. We do not only intend to apply this method, but also to advance it by linking information on the power of actors in the map with information on their competence gaps according to stakeholders.

By doing that, the net-mapping provides two types of implications for food systems innovation:

  1. what needs to be done to rebalance power in the system?
  2. what needs to be done to enhance competencies of selected actors in the system?    

At LUANAR, we work mainly with:

  • Dr. Jeremiah Kang’ombe, Associate Professor in Aquaculture-Fish Nutrition in the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Science,
  • Bunda College,  Dr. Charles Jumbe, Associate Research Professor at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Dr. Sekanawo Kasiya, Lecturer in Development Communication at University of Malawi

Moreover, in Malawi we have been collaborating with:

  • MSU partners Prof. Dave Tschirley
  • Michael Dolislager (PhD candidate at MSU)
  • Tom Smith and Prof. John Dirkx

and the rest of the MSU team.


Our deliverables to USAID for the year 2013 (Year 1)

  1. List of 200 private stakeholders including basic business information about them, that do relevant work to Mega Trend (MT) 2 (see about the Mega Trends) at global and regional (Africa) level. This list will be attached to White Paper Year 1 as Appendix for future consideration of contact and engagement the following years.
  2. List of multi-stakeholder platforms with basic structure information about them that do relevant work on MT2 worldwide. This list will be attached as well to White Paper Year 1 as Appendix for future consideration of contact and engagement the following years.
  3. List of at least 50 private stakeholders worldwide contacted during Y1 to discuss GCFSI vision and future activities that do relevant work to MT1, MT2 and MT3. The list will be shared in the “GCFSI Knowledge Sharing Platform” and among our partners.
  4. MT2 White Paper Chapter synthesizing the relevant work of multi-stakeholder platforms or in some cases individual private stakeholders on MT2 in Eastern Africa.
  5. MT2 White Paper Chapter on questions for private stakeholders during Y2 with operations relevant to MT2 in Eastern Africa.
  6. Engagement with students at WUR via various social networking devices, discussion sites and via participation in conferences such as the IFAMA 2013 and the Global Food Security Conference.
  7. Organizing, preparing and mentoring a team of five (5) students from WUR and MSU for the IFAMA Case Study Competition 2013 during the IFAMA Annual Conference in Atlanta (June 2013). Students ‘reports will be the outputs of this activity.