More information about our projects
April – present
Negotiating, drafting, and executing several Cooperation Agreements, amongst which the first large precompetitive research cooperations between a Group of multinationals in the Seed Industry. Setting up succesful Public Private Partnerships in and across several Industries.
NL-FSA (Food Security Alliance)
June 2018 – present
The NL-Food Security Alliance (NL-FSA) is a community of mainly Dutch companies and institutions collaborating in creating tailor-made and sustainable solutions for the agri-water-food business. The NL-FSA delivers products and services from various expertises and contributes to the development of a profitable and sustainable agribusiness in Africa and Asia.
SES4Food (Social Entrepreneurship Support for Food Security)
June 2017 – present
SES4Food is the follow-up on an extensive mapping project by SocietyWorks in cooperation with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) of social entrepreneurs working in food value chains in 7 countries (Kenya, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, South-Sudan, Indonesia, Benin and Ghana). It recognizes the potential of entrepreneurial support initiatives, but sees that currently large groups of entrepreneurial youth are missing out, opportunities are lost and socially and environmentally friendly, feasible ideas and innovations do not reach the market and impact is kept small.
The vision is to connect self-organized networks of young innovative entrepreneurs that are now excluded from support with existing formal support networks (partnerships of NGOs, Universities, Hubs, Incubators etc.) by making use of the methodologies of Holacracy, Design Thinking, Crowdfunding and Crowdsourcing to secure a bottom-up approach and flexibility.
SES4Food will not set up another incubator project, but will create new opportunities, inclusion and impact by tackling bottlenecks in the entrepreneurial ecosystem with an action-led approach through the creation of “Communities of Action” in which self-organized social entrepreneurs actively participate with representatives from support organizations.
Online Market Place and Business Accelerator for Women in AGRI (AGRIiSME)
June 2016 – present
AGRIiSME is an online market place, broker service and business accelerator all in one. Female ‘agri – entrepreneurs’ (farmers, aggregators, suppliers, food and/or cotton clothes retailers or SME-support) get state of the art tools and support. The focus is on creating a bottom up market in a ‘gender equitable’ way (making farmers materials, training, SME support, and capacity building available and appealing for women).
tki Horticulture & Starting Materials
Oct. 2015 – present
The Topconsortia for Knowledge and Innovation Horticulture & Starting Materials (TKI) execute 5 Innovation Programs: More and better with less, cooperating Value Chains, Health and Wellness, Food Security and Food Safety. The TKI aims to stimulate and coordinate Public Private Partnerships for Knowledge and Innovation between the ‘Golden Triangle’ of private sector, knowledge institutes, and Government. TKI’s program is based on the Strategic vision described in the report ‘Bron voor Groene Economie 2.0. 2015-2020’. Research entails the entire knowledge chain from fundamental, strategic to applied research.
Gender and Climate Change Agricultural Support Programme (NEPAD) for GeoSAS
Feb. 2015 – present
External Resources Mobilisation Consultant in a Consultancy of GeoSAS for NEPAD aimed to provide technical support to the five selected countries & RECs in developing their detailed work programmes on Gender & Climate Change Agriculture Support Programme (GCCASP) based on the already developed programme framework that guides the exercise. The present programme covers: ECOWAS, ECCAS, IGAD, EAC, and SADC regions and the countries selected to represent these regions are Niger, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Rwanda, & Malawi.
Strategy and set up Ujuizi International B.V. i.o.
June 2017 – March 2018
Setting up an international Joint Venture structure to successfully share, in a mutually beneficial manner, state of the art technologies with so-called ‘local heroes’. These technologies are developed by Ramani, a spin-off from ITC / University Twente. Local heroes are PHD students from African or Asian descent, who have entrepreneurial skills and have identified a significant problem in their home country. Presently active in Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Java and The Netherlands.
October 2017 until March 2018, we validated our strategy and business ideas in the Rocket Program of SBIC (ESA Business Incubator Center), with the assistance of Verhaert Industries.
Public Private Partnership Program and Entrepreneurship Program for Meso Sector
Jan. 2014 – Dec. 2016
We developed a “Public Private Partnership Program” and “Entrepreneurship Program” for the Meso Sector, based on an innovative ‘Model for Inclusive, Precompetitive and Sustainable Public Private Partnership for Development and addressing Wicked Problems’. This Model is based on the longlasting experience of The Netherlands in Agricultural Public Private Research Partnerships (i.e. Bio Seeds/KeyGene, CBSG and TTI-GG), the current developments in NGO funding and the ever broadening gap between the ‘big money’ and the ‘receiving end’/public.
Fair Planet – High Quality Seeds for Smallholder Farmers
June 2017 – March 2018
Setting up the public-private Fair Planet Consortium. The African people are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty and hunger. Fair Planet seeks to provide them with food security and economic opportunities, by making high-quality vegetable seeds, suitable to local conditions, accessible and affordable to local farmers. Fair Planet will establish SEED training centers, which will be the heart of its operation platform, and bridge the current gap between the existing high quality varieties of the leading seed companies and these farmers. SEED centers will carry out variety evaluation and selection, crop performance demonstrations, hands-on training, and extension activities. Access to high-quality seeds will enable these farmers to grow and sell significant yields with minimal changes in their production technologies, allowing greater food security, additional income and a better future.
Afrisem – Breeding for Africa
June 2008 – March 2009
Afrisem breeding programme in 2008 near Arusha, Tanzania (programme by Rijk Zwaan in co-operation with East West Seed). The aim of Afrisem is to provide local African vegetable growers with dedicated hybrid varieties and top quality seeds for an affordable price. At this moment there is no other hybrid breeding program in vegetable crops dedicated to the East African market. In many local African crops there is no breeding at all. Experience in Europe and Asia has shown that variety improvement in combination with education of growers (“Seeds and Service”) is essential for the development of a competitive vegetable industry. Vegetable production, with its high value products, can provide small growers with a good income and boost the economy of a region. Vegetable consumption is very important for human health..
Technologisch Top Instituut Groene Genetica (TTI-GG)
July 2006 – Dec. 2008
Legal/contractual founding activities for the Technological Topinstitute Green Genetics (TTI GG). TTI GG was founded by the Dutch plant cultivation industry to strengthen the knowledge base of the sector and promote capacity building. This is essential for the Netherlands to keep its prominent international position in the cultivation sector. TTI GG accomplishes this by stimulating breeding companies to cooperate with research and education institutions. By giving financial support to joint research projects, TTI GG also boosts the development of new scientific applications that benefit the sector as a whole. Plant genetics, plant physiology and plant pathology are core areas of attention for TTI GG.
Since its establishment in 2007, TTI GG has supported joint research projects by companies and knowledge institutions with a total budget of € 46 million and has made a contribution to several new initiatives in the field of education. 65 research projects were initiated, involving 140 partners – knowledge institutions and companies, from SME’s to multinationals – putting well over 150 scientists to work. The results of the TTI GG projects have been, and will be materialised in patent applications, spin-off companies, PhD dissertations, scientific publications and of course further research by companies and universities..
Centre for BioSystems Genomics (CBSG)
Jan. 2002 – June 2004
Legal/contractual founding activities for the Centre for BioSystems Genomics (CBSG). CBSG is a consortium of major Dutch and international companies and top plant scientists working on potato, tomato, Arabidopsis and Brassica. It is a unique public-private partnership in plant genomics involving universities, research institutes, (inter)national companies and branch organisations active in potato, tomato and Brassica research and exploitation.
CBSG was established in 2002 as a Centre of Excellence under the auspices of the Netherlands Genomics Initiative with a total research budget of 53 M€. In 2008, CBSG2012 entered its second 5 year phase with an equivalent budget.