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Projects - dr. FC (Fedes) van Rijn

Evaluation of farmer finance and market access in Nicaragua: Mercon Coffee Group is a global leader in the coffee industry; CISA is leading operations in Nicaragua. They received funding by FMO to further stimulate the Robusta coffee sector. The objective of FMOs funding is to contribute to the sustainable growth of the Nueva Guinea region. MCG implements various activities ranging from the promotion of coffee production to international marketing. The aim of this research is to establish the socioeconomic and environmental impact of the introduction of Robusta.

Pioneering Real-time Impact Monitoring and Evaluation (PRIME): The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI), the Foundation Netherlands Senior Experts (PUM), Wageningen Economic Research, and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) develop a joint programme to pioneer impact evaluation methods of interventions that support small and medium enterprises in developing countries. The PRIME programme is designed to develop an approach that enables the impact of PUM and CBI to be tracked while at the same time giving both organisations more insight into their interventions and the opportunity to learn about how they can manage for greater impact.  PRIME

Social Sustainability in the Banana Sector in the Dominican Republic. Value Chain Analysis for Development (VCA4D) is four year project in which experts evaluate the performance of internacional value chain according to a holistic and interdisciplinary methodology looking at the pillars of sustainability. The request came from EU Delegations and partners in conjunction with DEVCO. I am responsible for the a social analysis with the VCA4D project in Dominican Republic using literature review, interviews and focus group sessions to gain insight into social sustainability in terms of working conditions, food and nutrition security, gender equality, land and water rights, social capital and livelihoods. These analyses will provide evidence-based information to help them invest in value chains and inform policy dialogue. Also see Wageningen World interview

Sustainability in the Cocoa Chain. I am currently involved in three projects that aim to increase the sustainability in the cocoa supply chain (economic, social and environmental sustainability). One projects identifies the impact of a companys policy to make the supply chain more transparent. The second focuses on the contribution of voluntary certification to farm household well-being. The third project evaluates an extensive pilot implemented by a large trader to establish the most effective and efficient ways to have sustainable supply chains by 2020.

Enhancing export competiveness in the avocado sector in Kenya: the evaluation of NTF-III. The rigorous impact evaluation in Kenya will follow a matched difference in difference design in a sample of avocado farm-household that were supported (directly or indirectly) in quality improvement to meet the export requirements and a comparable group of non-supported farm-households.