Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation 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

Knowlegde 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.

French version available

Food Systems Decision-Support Toolbox

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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.

Managing for sustainable development impact

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 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 info.cdi@wur.nl or download the PDF version (4 MB).

WUR climate magazine

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.

Read the WUR Climate Magazine

Reflection Methods:
Practical Guide

Reflection Methods Practical Guide

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.

Course calendar 2020

Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI) aims to strengthen capacity for sustainable development through projects, advisory services, action research and short courses for professionals. WCDI is part of Wageningen University & Research (WUR) and our work is based on WUR’s mission to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Take a look at our Course Calendar 2020.

Food security investments - Transforming the aquaculture, dairy and horticulture sectors in Kenya

Brochure Food security investments

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

Publication - Collaboration Wageningen University and 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

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".

Nutrition and income generation (NIGI) in Uganda's West Nile Region

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

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

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:

  1. Adoption processes of good horticulture practices in northern Uganda
  2. Seed companies and the Tanzanian horticulture sector: case study
  3. Making Vegetable Markets work for Smallholders in Myanmar
  4. Collaborating to boost cocoa production in Indonesia
  5. 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

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

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".

BENEFIT Partnership – improving agricultural development in Ethiopia

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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.