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Bertus Wennink

Department
Inclusive Food Systems
Title
Senior Advisor

Bertus Wennink (MSc) is an agro-ecologist with 25 years of experience in advisory, training and applied research in sub-Saharan Africa. His fields of expertise include: farmer entrepreneurship and value chain development; research and extension services; rural development policies and strategies; and natural resource management. He is also an experienced trainer, workshop facilitator and conflict mediator.

Projects

  • Agri-Food Program for Integrated Resilience and Economic Development in the Sahel (Pro-ARIDES)

    • Institute
    • Project

    Pro-ARIDES is designed to contribute to increased resilience, food security and household incomes for farmers and (agro-)pastoralists in the Sudano-Sahelian zone of Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger. To achieve this, a consortium of development professionals places public institutions and decentralized organizations at the heart of the program, with the objective of improving access to agricultural […]

  • Annual Outcome Surveys for the AGRA PIATA programme

    • Institute
    • Project

    The Alliance for Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) intends to catalyse and sustain an inclusive agricultural transformation in Africa by increasing incomes and improving food security for 30 million farming households in 11 focus countries. KIT is supporting AGRA in achieving this ambition by measuring and assessing progress at a household and agricultural systems level. […]

  • Studying the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Livelihoods of Smallholder Farmers in Africa

    • Institute
    • Project

    AATIF provides technical assistance to smallholder farmers in strategic value chains in which their investees and pipeline companies operate. KIT was asked to assess how the COVID-19 pandemic affected vulnerable groups in eight value chains across Ivory Coast (cocoa, cashew), Kenya (dairy) and Zambia (maize, wheat, cotton, soybean, sunflower).   Obtaining an early overview of the effects of the pandemic on smallholder farmers and their incomes will […]

  • IDEAL – Inclusive Decisions at Local Level

    • Institute
    • Project

    In fragile states, there is often a significant gap between what the state can deliver and what the citizens need or expect. The participation of citizens contributes to inclusive decision-making. It improves local governance and the delivery of basic services, makes local governance more sustainable and increases welfare and stability. The Inclusive Decisions At Local […]

  • Better Serving Women, Youth and Migrant Entrepreneurs with the NASIRA Programme

    • Institute
    • Project

    KIT Royal Tropical Institute – in consortium with Access Alliance – is a shortlisted service provider under a four year agreement to support FMO’s financial institution clients, participating in the NASIRA Programme, to (better) serve women, young- and migrant entrepreneurs. What is NASIRA? In December 2018, FMO and the European Commission signed an agreement for […]

  • Creating an agricultural entrepreneurship strategy for youth in Benin

    • Institute
    • Project

    KIT is providing technical assistance to Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the Communal Approach for the Agricultural Market (ACMA) project. Together with consortium partners, our work includes monitoring and evaluation, developing and implementing the project’s youth strategy and advising on the strategic direction. Improving agricultural performance in Benin Building on the achievements of the […]

  • Strategic Interventions for Enhanced Food Security in Burundi

    • Institute
    • Project

    KIT supported the Dutch Embassy in defining strategic areas and possible interventions for enhancing food security in three provinces of Burundi (Bujumbura Rural, Bubanza and Cibitoke). This was the first step in the implementation of the Multi-Annual Strategic Plan (MASP 2012-2015) of the Dutch Embassy with the aim of contributing to socio-economic and environmental stability […]

  • Strategic Support for Sustainable Development in Inner Niger Delta

    • Institute
    • Project

    At the request of the Dutch Embassy in Mali, Royal Tropical Institute offered strategic assistance for the development of a support programme for sustainable development of the Inner Niger Delta in Central Mali. In this role we defined the types of interventions and the institutional arrangements necessary for ensuring effective co-ordination of interventions while strengthening […]

  • Promoting Sustainable Private Sector Development in Rwanda

    • Institute
    • Project

    KIT, at the request of the Dutch Embassy in Kigali, conducted research into the Rwandan agricultural value chains with the strongest market potential. Interventions, with a focus on the private sector, were suggested and implemented in order to encourage growth and sustainability. Stimulating private sector growth through selection and analysis Rwanda’s economy is based mainly […]

  • Insights into African Research into Use programmes

    • Institute
    • Project

    Research Into Use (RIU) is a programme funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). It seeks to maximise the effect of research into poverty reduction and economic growth. Recommendations for practice and policy KIT analysed five RIU cases in Africa – three RIU Innovation Platforms  initiatives and two Best Bets. The RIU programme […]

  • Documenting Lessons Learned for Belgium Development Agency

    • Institute
    • Project

    KIT Royal Tropical Institute — through a five-year framework contract — has provided support to document experiences and lessons learned from Belgium Development Agency (BTC, now known as ENABEL) capitalisation projects and programmes worldwide. Our support contributed to individual and organisational learning at BTC and its partners. It also increased the visibility of BTC projects […]

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