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As a food systems researcher in the International Policy group, I am involved in applied research projects on food system transformations and the wider transition to sustainable and inclusive food value chains, often with a geographical focus on Sub-Sahara Africa and Latin America. I hold an MA in Development Studies from the University of Sussex and a BSc in Political Science from the University of Amsterdam.
I speak Dutch, English and Spanish.
One of my current research topics is focused on understanding and developing ways to work with midstream actors in informally organized economies to contribute to improved food system outcomes, such as access to safe and nutritious food and decreasing food waste, for example in Tanzania (FRESH project) and Rwanda and Nigeria (Horticulture Innovation Lab).
Highlights of past projects
- Transition Pathways (KB35), a practical guide to support food system transitions
- Just Transitions (KB35), on how to achieve socially just transitions and examples of practical cases
- Policy paper on midstream agribusinesses in the informal sector, based on a working paper
- Evaluation of the redesign of the FairTrade needs assessment process in Mexico and Colombia
- NFP/WUR webinar series on putting food systems thinking into sector practice
- Kibera, Nairobi: understanding linkages between social capital and food security in informal urban settlements
- Policy paper on food system resilience
- Rapid assessments of the impact of COVID19 on the food system in Kenya and Bangladesh