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Vice Versa Special Food Chains

ViceVersa special on food chains

The April 2015 issue of ViceVersa, the Dutch journal on development cooperation, is a thematic special on food chains about the contribution of value chain approaches to development goals. A rich spread of older and newer examples, discussions on pro's and con's, and a number of CDI's work highlighted. 

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Ghanaian people want fresh vegetables

The latest issue of Berichten Buitenland, a magazine from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, is a special about activities in Africa.

The Commercial Vegetable Sector Development in Ghana (GhanaVeg) project, being implemented by the Centre for Development Innovation, is highlighted in the article Ghanezen willen verse groenten (in Dutch).

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Time out, then full steam ahead

April 2014 - Another 300 students started on the agricultural teacher training programme in Kabul. Their numbers illustrate the success of the agricultural college, set up by Wageningen UR in 2011. Article in Resource #14, vol. 8.

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Partnership Netherlands - Indonesia for improved fish products for Indonesian consumers

Article in The Jakarta Post on the newly established partnership. 

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Farmer support in South Africa

Two years after the completion of an NPT project, strengthening farmers' training capacity in South Africa, the results are still noticeable. Newsletter Nuffic.

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Interview Afghanistan

Interview (in Dutch) with Hans van Otterloo about the project Improving Agricultural Education in Afghanistan, which aims to support and revitalise the agricultural sector in Afghanistan. Interview in Dutch on the local news, "GLD vandaag" on Thursday 16 January 2014.

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Forest landscape restoration: where to start?

A blogpost on forest landscape restoration as part of CGIAR's Agriculture and Ecosystems Blog’s month-long series on Restoring Landscapes.

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Connecting knowledge for food security

Together with The Broker and Agri-ProFocus, the Centre for Development Innovation (CDI), Wageningen UR has been selected by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs to run the office of the Food and Business Knowledge Forum.

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22 participants attend the Training of Trainers course on Integrated Water Resources Management in the Netherlands

The first of the ‘new’ Training of Trainers courses run by the Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR, replacing the course on wetland management.

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Tastes differ: The many faces of Wageningen research on food security

Wageningen researchers bring a shared pragmatism to research on food security all around the world. In other ways, however, their views and approaches do vary. Article in Resource no. 14, 14 March 2013.

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New book sheds light on Ethiopian seed systems

Published by Ethiopian Institute of Agriculture Research, with contributions from the Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR.


Integrated seed sector development in Africa:

Pactices, programmes and policies for seed entrepreneurship

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Theories of Change workshop in Brussels

Simone van Vugt (Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR) and Marjan van Es (Hivos) were invited to speak and facilitate a workshop on Theories of Change for a group of Belgian researchers and other actors working in international development work.

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ViceVersa special on food security

The December issue of ViceVersa, the Dutch journal on development cooperation, is a thematic special on food security. A number of experts from across the sector discuss questions like how to feed the world in 2050, how to feed today’s 2 billion who live in hunger, the role of agriculture, and small-scale producers.

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Our Planet is a Plant Report 2012

Floriade Dialogue has been an international platform and network, bringing together international professionals within the field of science, business and government to discuss topics such as adequate and safe food production, responsible use of natural resources and green architecture and business. Jim Woodhill is quoted in the summarizing report, Our Planet is a Plant Report 2012.

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Agriculture Education Center opens in Kabul

Funded by the Dutch government, the National Agriculture Education Center was inaugurated by the Minister of Education, Ghulam Farooq Wardak on 6 November 2012.

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International conference: Making The Connection - Value Chains for transforming smallholder agriculture

During the conference Making The Connection - Value Chains for transforming smallholder agriculture, organised in Addis Abeba from 6-9 November 2012 by CTA and partners, Joost Guijt of the Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR facilitated the conference session, Involving Smallholders in Modern Value Chains.

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Profits for Africa

Development aid is difficult to combine with the profit-minded approach taken by the business world - at least, for a long time this was the conviction of aid workers and politicians. Not any more. The practical, market-oriented thinking of Dutch entrepreneurs is now seen as precisely what is needed to combat poverty in developing countries. Read the full article in the Resource magazine, based on interviews with among others CDI staff. 

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2-2 Tango Tool, Agri-Hub Rwanda

A team of four MSc students from Van Hall Larenstein, University of Applied Sciences, have conducted field assessments of firm-farm relations in Rwanda, with coaching support of the Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR; Agri-ProFocus head office; and Agri-Hub Rwanda. Four agri-business clusters were covered by the study: Wheat in South-Western Rwanda, Cassava and Maize in Central Rwanda, and Milk in the South. Blogpost by Pascal Murasira on the Agri-Hub Rwanda ning.

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Multi-stakeholder processes for systemic change (MSP4Change)

About 30 people from 10 countries met last week in Johannesburg for to share lessons about “multi-stakeholder processes for systemic change”, take stock of the state of capacity and think about how to significantly enhance MSP4Change. The event was co-sponsored by the Change Alliance and the Southern Africa Trust. Blogpost by Steven Waddell in Net Dev. logo

CD Monitor: A sea change in agri-food

An online article by on the Seas of Change Initative. Over the next few decades, there will be extensive and unprecedented change in global agri-food systems. When taken together, the growing demand for food, the effects of climate change, the need to respond to poverty and hunger and the rapid decline of natural resources mean that ‘business as usual’ is no longer an option.

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What works when scaling inclusive agri-food markets?

100 international partners attended the learning workshop What works when scaling inclusive agri-food markets? of the Seas of Change Initiative. Coordinated by the Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR, this was the first step in an initiative to scale up the agri-food market – in a way that includes all players. Blogpost PAEPARD.

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Making Evaluations Matter - A Practical Guide for Evaluators

Blog Design, Monitoring and Evaluation (on design, monitoring and evaluation of international development project and programs) describing the guidebook Making Evaluations Matter - A Practical Guide for Evaluators.