Publications & guides
You can find all our publications and reports at research@wur.
We also publish books and guides, we have listed them below.
Our books and guides
Knowledge in Action
At Wageningen University & Research we want our knowledge and insights to create a major impact on society. Therefore we strive to increase the value of our knowledge. Our experts at Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation create this value by bringing knowledge into action.
This brochure gives you an overview of our five action lines, supported with two examples each, in which our inspired and committed experts support various parties worldwide in creating inclusive and sustainable food systems.
Food Systems Decision-Support Toolbox
This toolbox has been developed to collate different tools that can be used for food systems analysis. Food systems are not static, but dynamic, ever changing. This toolbox guides you in how to formulate actionable recommendations that can bring about systemic change. It’s a guide for policy makers, researchers and NGO’s.
The toolbox is also available in Spanish.
Guide for designing a National Seed Road Map
This guide supports seed sector stakeholders in developing a national seed road map (NSRM). It structures diverse methods and tools for implementing a seed sector assessment toward the collaborative design of an NSRM. It can be used by policy makers, researchers and practitioners to outline a set of systemic interventions to enhance the performance of a seed sector and advance its contribution to desired food system outcomes.
Managing for sustainable development impact
This guide is meant to help leaders, managers, decision-makers, M&E staff and other development practitioners navigate their organizations and development initiatives more effectively towards sustainable development impact. It provides ideas, theories and tools.
The MSP Guide: How to design and facilitate multi-stakeholder partnership
The guide has been written for those directly involved in MSPs to provide both the conceptual foundations and practical tools that underpin successful partnerships. What's inside draws on the direct experience of Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation staff in supporting MSP processes world-wide.
Hardcopies of The MSP Guide can be ordered by sending an e-mail to email@example.com or download the PDF version (4 MB).
WUR climate magazine
This magazine features background stories about the research being done at Wageningen University & Research into the impact of climate change and possible solutions for mitigation and adaptation.
This Guide summarises methods that can be used to facilitate the process of reflection on the knowledge and experiences people acquire during a capacity development trajectory or learning process of an MSPs.
Authors: Femke Gordijn with Natalia Eernstman, Jan Helder and Herman Brouwer (2018). See for downloads & ordering hardcopies http://www.mspguide.org/tool/reflection.
Hortifresh - Horticulture sector transformation in action
The HortiFresh West Africa programme in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, took up a sector transformation approach focusing on integrated intervention, a joint agenda, and the public-private sector. This report highlights the lessons learned from a localised approach, the enabling environment, access to finance, nutrition, outreach, etc. It also critically reflects on the aid-to-trade agenda, working in multiple countries and provides recommendations for future horticulture interventions. Read the publication Horticulture sector transformation in action.
FNS-REPRO: Expert consultation and learning exchange event on building resilient food systems in the Horn of Africa
This report gives key insights arising from a strategic expert consultation and learning event organised in the Netherlands from 19-23 September 2022. During the event experiences, good practices and emerging lessons coming from the implementation of FNS-REPRO, various Horn of Africa NUFFIC programmes and other initiatives on building food systems resilience were shared and elaborated on.
BENEFIT Partnership – improving agricultural development in Ethiopia
Ethiopia has the agricultural potential to feed its own population and become a major exporter of agricultural goods. The agricultural sector is transforming, however there are still bottlenecks in place that hamper its growth.
The Bilateral Ethiopian– Netherlands Effort for Food, Income and Trade Partnership (BENEFIT) was established in 2016 to bring together five agricultural development programmes working to improve Ethiopia’s agricultural sector, and is coordinated by WUR. In this brochure you will find its key achievements.
Food security investments - Transforming the aquaculture, dairy and horticulture sectors in Kenya
Kenya is one of many countries transitioning from an aid country towards a trade country, making it more attractive for foreign investments.
The brochure 'Food security investments' offers some practical suggestions to support that transition, focussing on the dairy, horticulture and aquaculture sector. It’s based on the 3R Meta-Analysis Report, which, via a method of meta-analysis, brings together the results of the many 3R Kenya studies.
Collaboration Wageningen University & Research and the Sahel Region
As the political, economic and social situation in the Sahel Region is deteriorating and affecting the livelihoods of many vulnerable people, deeper understanding of the processes that can help mitigate the conflicts and insecurity in the Region is needed. Problems jeopardizing the livelihoods of people in the Sahel Region require a transdisciplinary approach, fundamental as well as applied research, and strengthening of capacities. Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is committed to contribute to this. How we want to do this you can read in this brochure.
It takes two to trade: understanding and improving farmer-firm relations in Africa
This book aims to increase understanding about and improve the business relationships between farmers and firms: farmer–firm relations. The book is based on the expectation that direct commercial relations between supplying farmers and buying firms will be far more important in the near future than they are at present. At the same time, the book responds to the observation that smooth relations between farmers and firms can be difficult to establish and sustain.
Download the booklet "It takes two to trade: understanding and improving farmer-firm relations in Africa".
Farmers income lab
These quick scans, commissioned by the Farmer Income Lab, are part of a wider research effort looking at, “What are the most effective actions that lead buyers can take to enable smallholder farmers in global supply chains to meaningfully increase their incomes?”
Farmer Income Lab quick scans
- WCDI-18-023 Access to Finance
- WCDI-18-024 Agro-Corridors
- WCDI-18-025 Certification
- WCDI-18-026 Climate Change Adaptation
- WCDI-18-027 Crop Insurance
- WCDI-18-028 Farmer Field Schools
- WCDI-18-029 Agricultural Input Subsidies
- WCDI-18-030 Land Tenure Security
- WCDI-18-031 Market Information Systems
- WCDI-18-032 Outgrower Schemes and Contract Farming
- WCDI-18-033 Post-harvest Loss Prevention
- WCDI-18-034 Pricing Arrangements
- WCDI-18-035 Producer Organizations
- WCDI-18-036 Productivity Enhancement
- WCDI-18-037 Savings-led Group Models
- WCDI-18-040 Income Intervention Quick Scan: Poverty Graduation
Nutrition and income generation (NIGI) in Uganda's West Nile Region
In Uganda’s West Nile region, refugees from South Sudan and DRC that have been affected by forced displacement live in several refugee settlement. Their presence places a huge strain on existing communities and local resources.
That’s why Wageningen University & Research and partner East West Seed Knowledge Transfer started the NIGI (Nutrition and Income Generation) Intervention here. The project seeks to support refugees and the host community to grow fresh vegetables, which are often completely absent in their diets. Read more about the intervention in the brochure Nutrition and income generation (NIGI) in Uganda’s West Nile Region.
Scoping the potential of blockchain technology for agri-food production chains in low and middle income countries
Blockchain Technology (BCT) is still in the early stages of development. A proliferation of BCT experiments within the agri-food sector demonstrate the high level of interest in the technology, both in public and private sectors. This study will provide information on the technology, the decisions that are at the basis of implementing BCT projects, and the potential of BCT for the agri-food sector and value chains originating in low- and middleincome countries (LMICs).
Download the study (2019) "A chain of possibilities".
A practical guide to make inclusive agribusiness experiences accessible and inspiring
The world of inclusive agribusiness (IAB) is one of enthusiasm, innovation, and hoped-for structural change in how business is done. Case studies play an important role in learning effectively from these innovations, by making the experiences and lessons gleaned from them accessible and inspiring to others. Yet there is a structural lack of good examples that can adequately inform and influence investments and new initiatives.
Read the complete guide (2018) "Creating effective case studies : a practical guide to making inclusive agribusiness experiences accessible and inspiring".
5 case studies:
- Adoption processes of good horticulture practices in northern Uganda
- Seed companies and the Tanzanian horticulture sector: case study
- Making Vegetable Markets work for Smallholders in Myanmar
- Collaborating to boost cocoa production in Indonesia
- Sandwich of the day: inclusive business relations between farmers’ cooperatives and Subway in Nicaragua
Community biodiversity management: Promoting resilience and the conservation of plant genetic resources
Boef, W.S. de; Subedi, A; Peroni, N; Thijssen, M; O'Keeffe, E. (eds.) 2013. ISBN 978-0-415-50220-7. Published by Earthscan, Routledge. Paperback and hardback. Download available via Community biodiversity management.
Using a Theory of Scaling (ToS) to guide decision making
This guide is a first step towards using a theory of change approach in the design, implementation, and evaluation of change initiatives that include a significant scaling ambition.
Read the complete guide (2016) "Using a Theory of Scaling (ToS) to guide decision making".
More guides & books
Agricultural sector transformation is teamwork : experiences of the Sesame Business Network support programme in Northwest EthiopiaWageningen : Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation - ISBN 9789463956482 - p.
Conference Report: Monitoring and Evaluation for Inclusive and Sustainable Food Systems 3-4 April 2019, the NetherlandsWageningen : Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (Report / WCDI 19-066) - p.
Making evaluations matter: a practical guide for evaluatorsWageningen : Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation - ISBN 9789085859710 - p.
Chain-wide learning for inclusive agrifood market development : a guide to multi-stakeholder processes for linking small-scale producers to modern marketsWageningen : International Institute for Environment and Development - ISBN 9789085049647 - p.
Collaborating to boost sustainable cocoa production in Indonesia : case studyWageningen : Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation - p.
Seed companies and the Tanzanian horticulture sector: case studyWageningen : Wageningen Centre for Development Studies - p.
Making Vegetable Markets Work for Smallholders MyanmarWageningen : Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen University & Research - p.
Enhancing the Wise Use of Wetlands : A Framework for Capacity DevelopmentWageningen : Centre for Development Innovation, Wageningen UR (Report / Wageningen UR Centre for Development Innovation no. CDI-12-008) - ISBN 9789461734068 - p.