Bart de Steenhuijsen Piters

Head of Unit

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Bart de Steenhuijsen Piters is a system agronomist with more than 20 years of experience in rural development research and advisory work in Africa and Southeast Asia. His expertise includes agricultural value chains, agri-business services, and impact evaluation. Bart de Steenhuijsen Piters has been leading and managing the unit since 2000.


  • Verena Bitzer, Bertus Wennink, Bart de Steenhuijsen Piters (2016). The governance of agricultural extension systems. KIT Working Paper Series 2016 – 1.
  • Joost Nelen, Bart de Steenhuijsen Piters, Helena Posthumus (2015). Enhancing rural labour productivity: reaching the rural poor. KIT SNV Working Paper Series 8 – 2015.
  • Monitoring private sector impacts on rural food and nutrition security (2013)
  • Improving food security; A systematic review of the impact of interventions in agricultural production, value chains, market regulation, and land security (2012)
    Facilitating pro-poor business. Why advice goes further when it’s backed by investment (2011)
  • Dealing with small scale producers. Linking buyers and producers (2010)
  • Farmers as shareholders: a close look at recent experience (2009)
  • Rural development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Policy perspectives for agriculture, sustainable resource management and poverty reduction (2006)
  • The world of Artemisia in 44 questions (2006)
  • Developing a sustainable medicinal plant chain in India (2004)
  • A guide to demand-driven agricultural research. The Client-Oriented Research Management Approach (2003)
  • The public and private agricultural research discourse in Sub-Saharan Africa: A case of Romeo and Juliet? (2003)


  • Supporting Dutch seed companies in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • A systematic review of the impact of food security interventions
  • Round table on sustainable investment
  • Review and synthesis of WWF green economic development programme, Kenya
  • Developing a sustainability standard for the Dutch spice industry
  • Business Minds: Knowledge for agricultural entrepreneurship in Eastern Africa
  • Sustainable palm oil production, Surinam
  • Sustainable Fisheries in Ghana Public-Private Partnership
  • Monitoring, Learning and Research Facility on Local Economic Development in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
  • Capacity strengthening for IAR4D in Central and Eastern Africa
  • Sustainable spice production in India
  • Sustainable Development Agreements between Bhutan, Benin, Costa Rica and The Netherlands