Category Archives: Conference and Events

Farmers’ Organisations make agro-food chains work: Lunchtime Conference

24 May 2016. Brussels.

Recent experiences of cooperation between farmers’ organisations.

AgriCord is an initiative of farmers’ organisations and their cooperative businesses to support their colleagues in developing countries by mobilising funds and expertise from organised farmers.

Representatives of farmers’ organisations explained the evolution of their position in specific agro – food chains and the impact on incomes of their members (dairy value chain in Uganda by UCCCU, cashew nut value chain in Benin by URCPA).


▪ Piet Vanthemsche, Chairman of AgriCord – Belgium (and head of the Farmers’ Union in Belgium from 2008 to 2015)

▪ Clayton Arinanye, General Manager Uganda Crane Creameries Cooperative Union (UCCCU) – Uganda

▪ Gwenaël Salaün, Responsable du service technique et expérimentation de la Coopérative Unicoque – France



Photo Credit: PAEPARD

Full Presentations can be found on the PAEPARD blog


Bridging the gap between farmers, investors and food professionals

8 – 9 December 2016. Brussels.

This event will a unique opportunity to connect with farmer organisations, private sector actors and financial institutions and to discover sound assessment tools for farmers’ performance and professionalism

5 reasons to attend:

  1. Discover how to obtain a complete profile and rating of farmer organizations on their professionalism and entrepreneurship by using a sound tool
  2. Meet farmers, investors and food professionals in the heart of Europe
  3. Exchange finance and business experiences with smallholders
  4. Exchange learnings and insights from assessments of farmer organizations with the SCOPEinsight’s tools
  5. Connect to a platform that builds global curriculum for capacity building of smallholders to become performant business organisations


Registration and information on the seminar visit the website

















The Blended Learning Program for Facilitators of Innovation Platforms


Solutions to the complex agricultural problems facing us today require a systems approach. Inputs need to be sought from multiple stakeholders including farmers, researchers, government, and the private sector. Interventions may target multiple points in the value chain. Innovation Platforms (sometimes known as multi-stakeholder processes, learning alliances, self-help groups, or social learning and innovation platforms) have been found to be successful vehicles for designing and implementing systemic solutions. Innovation platforms are groups of stakeholders who work together to identify research and policy interventions to address weaknesses in agricultural systems. They may then initiate scaling out activities, possibly in conjunction with development partners.

However, the facilitation of an innovation platform remains more of an art form than a science. The skill set required of a successful facilitator ranges from excellent communication and negotiation skills to an understanding of how to monitor and evaluate the unique processes inherent in platform interactions.

The ILRI Learning Platform has developed a course for facilitators of innovation platforms, which draws on the experience of multiple CGIAR partners and that of key agricultural research organisations including FARA, the BMGF, and the FAO, who have been working in this area. Recent training workshops coordinated by ILRI in Africa and the Mekong will provide a framework for the course. The task will require a thorough desk review as a base for generating teaching/learning materials consistent with internationally recognised best practice in adult learning.

Six online modules of the course have already been developed and can be reviewed on ILRIs eLearning portal at These modules and the follow-up workshop component of the course were pilot tested with active IP facilitators in the Mekong in late 2015.

Wageningen University participates to the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, August 7-11

Building upon the research work of last year, Wageningen University and GCFSI will present the paper titled “Entrepreneurship in consumption and the role of sharing” at the Academy of Management Annual Meeting (AoM) that will be held August 7-11, in Vancouver, Canada.

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Wageningen UR participates to Applied and Agricultural Economics Association Annual Meetings, July 26-28

Part of the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation research 2014 in Malawi will be at the AAEA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, USA, where professionals and students in the field of agricultural and applied economics have the opportunity to present research, learn about the latest trends and network.

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