Rob Kuijpers is a development economist with more than ten years’ experience (since 2011) in policy and program evaluation, impact assessment, applied research, and policy advice in the realm of agricultural development, value chain innovations, and food and nutrition security.
Since he joined KIT Royal Tropical Institute in 2019 he has broadened his expertise by working on topics such as international responsible conduct, integrated landscape approaches, and nature conservation.
In his research and advisory activities he aims to contribute to evidence-based policies by bridging the gap between rigorous scientific insights and pragmatic decision making. This requires translating complex research evidence into actionable insights for decision makers. To generate new evidence, he applies both qualitative research methods (such as contribution analyses) and quantitative methods (such as quasi-experimental designs).
He has worked in/on Africa (Egypt, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mozambique, Rwanda, South-Africa, Tanzania, Uganda), Asia (Bangladesh, Indonesia), Latin America (Brazil), and the Caribbean. He has done research on a wide range of value chains and commodities, including aquaculture, dairy, cocoa, cereals (rice, wheat, barley, maize), palm oil, poultry, horticulture, soy, beans, and plantains (matooke).
This report reflects the findings and recommendations of a three-year impact assessment gauging the effectiveness of the Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification program’s social and labor requirements.
Over the past decades, there has been an extensive transformation in global agri-food value chains, resulting in advances in efficiency, food quality, and food safety. Despite this transformation, many farmers and labourers active as primary producers in these chains have not experienced improvements in their living standards. Based on a study conducted in 2020 by KIT Royal Tropical Institute and Oxfam Novib, this paper explores value chain approaches that reduce social inequality and enable smallholder farmers and labourers to have decent livelihoods.
Are voluntary multi-stakeholder approaches to responsible business conduct effective?
This report presents the findings of the evaluation of sector-level agreements on Responsible Business Conduct (henceforth RBC agreements). The evaluation was commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the context of its project ‘Putting Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) Measures in Perspective’ to evaluate and review its current policy on RBC. The objective of this evaluation is to gain insight into the extent to which RBC agreements advance the implementation of due diligence in conformity with the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises (OECD Guidelines) and the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in Dutch ‘high-risk’ sectors.