Martin Kropff


Martin Kropff appointed to CGIAR Board

Published on
October 30, 2012

Martin Kropff is appointed as board member of CGIAR, the global Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. Kropff will combine this position with his work as Rector of Wageningen University and Vice President of the Executive Board of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre).

With hundreds of partner organisations, CGIAR works in large, global programmes to increase food security in developing countries, to reduce poverty, to improve the nutritional value of food and to develop agricultural practices that make responsible use of natural resources. The international agricultural research of CGIAR is placed within its fifteen research centres. The Netherlands have recently decided to - again - invest firmly in programmes of the CGIAR: 28 million euros per year.

A high position in the world's leading non-governmental organisation in the field of agricultural research means close involvement in the development and implementation of international agricultural policies. Therefore, it is also in Wageningen UR's advantage that Kropff participates in decision making processes and that he is always aware of the latest international developments in the field of agricultural research. Kropff wants to further strengthen the cooperation between the CGIAR institutes and Wageningen UR.

Kropff worked for CGIAR before. In the '90s, he led the international programme for system analysis and simulation of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), one of the fifteen research centers of CGIAR.