About Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

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.

Every day we empower individuals, businesses, sectors and countries and strengthen them in their capacity for sustainable and inclusive development.

The strength of our network, the broad knowledge available within Wageningen University & Research, our on-the-ground expertise and the way we combine content expertise with process guidance makes it possible to bring knowledge into action and improve the quality of life.

What we do

Our inspired and committed experts support various parties worldwide in creating inclusive and sustainable food systems within five action lines:

We are looking forward to adding new projects to this series together with you.

Part of Wageningen University & Research

Headquartered at the heart of the Dutch agricultural sector in the Netherlands, the Wageningen Centre of Development Innovation offers a unique interaction between capacity development and project implementation. As part of the renowned Wageningen University & Research, over 50 advisors with a combined 500-plus years of on-the-ground experience in international development are passionately working on today’s challenges.

Our ambition is to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal of feeding nine billion people by 2050 in the domain of inclusive and sustainable food systems. Leveraging on an extensive worldwide network of partners and clients we support projects in low and middle income countries that build up the capacities of people, organisations and institutions.

In doing so we strengthen local food systems and bring knowledge into action.


Our aim is to bring knowledge into action. Therefore we offer a range of services, all of which are designed to help our partners and clients make progress towards sustainable and inclusive development.


We design, facilitate and support innovation processes by process design and facilitation services. Our experts, methodologies and tools are suited to deal with complex processes. The people involved get inspired, critical choices are made, momentum is gained, and innovations emerge.


We advise a broad variety of food system stakeholders from young professionals to experienced policy makers around the issues they face. We offer practical, fact-based, advise supported by the technical, economic and social expertise of Wageningen University & Research.


Together with partners we combine research and practical work to improve strategies, practices and knowledge. We assess existing ways of working, test innovations and reflect on their impact. This paves the way for developing and improving technical, organisational and institutional capacities.


We offer a range of capacity development services at different levels. Through open-access and tailor-made training activities and targeted support individuals, teams, organisations and institutions acquire new knowledge and skills.