Inger Janssen

International Customer Inquiries Manager

Amsterdam, Netherlands

About Me

- Working experience in the field of agricultural development and promotion of farmer entrepreneurship. Supporting multistakeholder networks and consortia working together on innovative products and services.
- Experience as project manager for innovation projects in the Dutch Agri-Food sector.
- MSc in Human Nutrition, Wageningen University, the Netherlands. Specialization: Food and Nutrition Security in Developing Countries. Post-Master Programme 'Advanced Master in International Development' by CIDIN, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
- Professional experience in Indonesia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Zambia, Kenya and Bolivia.

Skills and Expertise


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 December 2015 at 01:38

Wageningen CDI - Course announcement:

Making agriculture work for food and nutrition security

to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 07 – 18 November 2016.

See this link for more information

Despite the world-wide increase of food availability, there are still around one billion people undernourished. This is far above of the target of MDG 1. There is now substantial evidence that malnutrition has life-long negative impacts on productivity and income-generating potential of the population.

If you are interested in learning about food and nutrition security, please consult our website for more information about the application procedure and costs.

Fellowships available: Deadline for fellowship application is 22 March, 2016.

For more information on nutrition, agriculture and experiences of previous participants of our courses, please visit the nutrition security portal:

Bill Aggreys Lijoh "Learning journey - Coaching on gender sensitive value chain development"; how does one get assistance to attend this training in Kigali?

3 years 2 weeks ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 1 December 2015 at 03:21

Blogpost about the EU project TRANSMANGO, by Aniek Hebinck  (Wageningen UR)

Embracing and exploring diversity in sustainable transition pathways to food and nutrition security

The EU-project TRANSMANGO is focussed at sustainable pathways to changing the food system. This project aims to combine and integrate different theoretical approaches to gain insight into Food and Nutrition Security (FNS).

The European ‘fragmented foodscape’ is constituted by a range of various and often contrasting social practices that co-exist and interact with another. Hence we have selected a diverse range of food practices all over Europe in order to explore whether and if so how they enhance food security.

Read the full article by clicking here.

Posted By in Healthy Soils for Healthy Life
Posted 23 November 2015 at 08:53

Most important topics - Ethiopian Soil Week

See attached the presentation below or click here for the presentation of the closing meeting. During this meeting, participants could propose their most important topics for further actions and outcomes of the soil week. They are collected in the presentation.

Six topics that were then voted most important to explore further discussed in small groups. The outcomes of those discussions will be posted online soon.

Posted By in Talking Soils - share your best practices
Posted 21 November 2015 at 01:16

"For mainstream agriculture the soil is merely a chemical and physical entity, a medium or substrate for carrying plants and holding plant nutrients. But soil systems are different. They are defined through the manifold processes within the soil instead of being a pure container holding nutrients and functioning like an engine. Agricultural science and practice often continue to ignore that the soil is a living system that needs to be treated accordingly."

This quote comes from the original article by Georg Deichert who works for GIZ in Ethiopia which was posted on this website a while ago. GIZ is one of the main partners  in the organization of the Ethiopian Soil Campaign.

We therefore start the discussion on this page with the following statement:

STATEMENT I: The organic composition of the soil and the soil biota are more important for healthy and productive soils than the addition of fertilizers.

What do you think? Do you agree? Do you have examples from practice supporting

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betelihem betty YES! Soil organic matter (SOM) is the organic matter component of soil, consisting of plant and animal residues at various stages of decomposition, cells and tissues of soil organisms, and substances synthesized by soil organisms. SOM exerts numerous positive effects on soil physical and chemical properties, as well as the soil’s capacity to provide regulatory ecosystem services.[1] Particularly, the presence of SOM is regarded as being critical for soil function and soil quality. FOR INSTANTIATE MICROORGANISM affect soil property because affect soil structure and fertility.

3 years 2 months ago

Hailay Gebremedhin Enhancing Organic matter is important for sustinablity of agricultural development!

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Posted By in Healthy Soils for Healthy Life
Posted 20 November 2015 at 01:23

Ethiopian Soil Week day 3: Short recap of the visit to Zeway

First stop was the HOAREC test site. Onions grow on small plots with different treatments of biofertilizer/chemical fertilizer/compost to compare which grows best and is improving soil health.

The next visit was the company Soil and More. They create compost out of waste from the rose farmers in the area. This compost is bought back by the flower farmers. This is a way of bringing back the nutrients to the soil. This site is also one of the case studies for the Fertile Grounds Initiative. This research programme from Wageningen UR Alterra is promoting the need for a better nutrient balance between cities and rural areas where production takes place.

The main message of the day was that there is a lot of potential for bio fertiliser and compost production and use in Ethiopia. However research takes time, and it also takes time to see the beneficial effects in the soil. Good to see these initiatives are working on that and showing their

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Posted By in Healthy Soils for Healthy Life
Posted 17 November 2015 at 03:30

Why are we organizing a soil campaign in Ethiopia?

The soil campaign wants to raise awareness about the importance of our soil, for all of us, for our food, for nature. We need to feed the soil in order that she survives. When the soil is healthy and alive she is able to break down the fertilizer and compost we give her and she can turn it into food for our plants, for teff, maize, vegetables and fruits, and so on.

The major reasons for the soil campaign are:

1. Urgent need for soil conservation:

A healthy and productive soil is fundamental for all forms of life, ecosystem services, agricultural productivity, and food security! The majority of Ethiopia'€™s population make their livelihoods from agriculture. However, insufficient soil conservation has resulted in highly degraded soils, causing low agricultural productivity and continued food insecurity. The situation is now exacerbated by climate change: a more uneven distribution of precipitation with more frequent h

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Posted By in Healthy Soils for Healthy Life
Posted 17 November 2015 at 02:52

On November 3, 2014 there was a Press Conference on the Ethiopian Soil Week to be held from 16-21 November. We had the pleasure of having Her Excellency W/ro Frenesh Mekuria, State Minister for Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, on the conference, accompanied by a number of national and international personalities involved on the Ethiopian Soil Campaign: Professor Tekalegn Mammo, Special Global Ambassador for the International Soil Year; Mr. Mohammed Salih, the UN-FAO Deputy Representative; Mrs. Yelleka de Nooy, representing AgriProFocus Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Soil Campaign Organizing Committee; and Artist Sileshi Demissie (Gash Abera Molla) and Musician Munit Mesfin.

Please Watch Videos of the the Press Conference:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 November 2015 at 07:09

The Ethiopian Soil Campaign is featured on the FAO website on the International Year of Soil:

Click this link to see the full article

The Ethiopian Soil Campaign was launched in June 2015 with the theme of “Healthy Soils for Healthy Life”. This campaign is spearheaded by the Ethiopian Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Ministry of Environment and Forest, UNFAO and international non-governmental Organizations.

As part of this campaign, Ethiopia Soil Week will take place between 16 and 21 of November 2015.

The 2015 Ethiopia Soil Campaign has been undertaking a public awareness campaign about the International Year of Soils, including a media campaign targeting the general public and school children. During the Ethiopia Soil Week (16 – 21 November 2015) various activities including a panel discussion on soil health management, field visits to farms and research institutes, and workshops on conserva

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 13 November 2015 at 05:00

Announcement: Spring School on Soils 2016 in Wageningen, Netherlands

From 9 to 13 May 2016, ISRIC - World Soil Information will organise a Spring School on mapping, classification and assessment of soils for soil and environmental scientists, students, experts and professionals in natural resources management. The Spring School will take place at the Wageningen Campus in the Netherlands. It will consist of two five-day courses that are run in parallel:

1. Hands-on Global Soil Information Facilities (GSIF)

The aim of this course is to introduce methods and software for the management, analysis and mapping of soil data within the R environment for statistical computing. The course alternates between lectures and computer exercises and covers a variety of subjects, such as 2D and 3D geostatistics, regression modelling for soil mapping, quantification of uncertainty in soil modelling, soil data visualization, preparation of covariate layer for soil mapping, and space-time modelling with so

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 12 November 2015 at 06:46

Reminder: Register now for the soil week events!

We look forward to see you at the Soil Week Campaign in and around Addis Abeba next week nov 16-20th.

Register now to make sure you can attend the workshops, field visits, debates and even a celebration of Ethiopian soils in music and poetry in the National theatre.

CLICK ON THIS LINK to register.

See you soon!

Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 9 November 2015 at 03:57

New date for learning journey: March 1-4, 2016

AgriProFocus and MDF Afrique Centrale present:

Learning journey - coaching on gender sensitive value chain development

You are invited to participate in the learning journey. On this journey you will build your expertise in coaching on value chain development in a gender sensitive way. You will understand the concepts and key considerations in the various stages of the agricultural value chain, learn to systematically integrate gender aspects, and practice your coaching skills. As a trainee you become member of the AgriProFocus network of coaches and will have access to exclusive material for use in gender in value chain training and coaching.

The trainings are planned in Kigali (English) and Goma (French).

See this leaflet for more information.

Hamadi DIARRA Merci pour l'information

3 years 2 months ago

Audrey-Anne Paquin Are these training free?

3 years 2 months ago

cisse rabiatou Hi! I Am really interested by This training.

3 years 2 months ago

cisse rabiatou can you give me more détails about it?

3 years 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 22 October 2015 at 02:46

This month, I was fortunate to be a part of Terra Madre Giovani - We Feed The Planet. A gathering of 2500 young farmers, professionals, researchers, designers and activists. It was a celebration of sustainable agriculture and creative entrepreneurship.

We gathered to show the world at EXPO who is actually feeding the planet; these are the small scale/family farmers. And the world needs young people who are leading in this field as inspiring role models.

The outcome was a letter to the world: Never waste a food crisis.

Click on this link to see the report in photo's on our facebook page

I've met people from all over the world, make sure you connect with the national representatives of the Slow Food / Slow Food Youth Network in your own country (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Rwanda, DRCongo) as they are planning and organizing interesting activities! See for example the 10.000 gardens in Africa project.

Picture via Slow Food Youth Movement #wefeedtheplanet

FRIDAH MBAYA hi how can i participate am based in kenya

3 years 2 months ago

Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 21 October 2015 at 01:48

From the Agricultures Network

Call for articles: Co-creating knowledge in agroecology

Knowledge building and sharing are central to agroecology and family farming. It is a dynamic process and knowledge increases by sharing and learning; both practice and theory are important. Each farm and each community is unique. Given the great diversity of agroecosystems the world over, there is a need to continuously build situation-specific knowledge that, moreover, allows farmers to develop under unpredictable and changing circumstances.

Knowledge co-creation between farmers, scientists and others is key in agroecology. This type of knowledge co-creation, based on practical experience in agriculture and the latest scientific insights, is fundamentally different from mainstream ‘lab to land’ agricultural science. The latter produces standardised prescriptions, while the former supports farmers to take their own decisions, connects the local situation with the global context (e.g. mitigating and adapting to

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Hiire Ronald That's right sharing is the only way out

3 years 3 months ago

Ben Henson We have found that knowledge transfer fails, at times, because those from outside don't actually know what questions need to be answered. By letting farmers drive the process, research, and knowledge transfer is relevant to the farmers needs, and perceived needs. This farmer driven interface respects the farmer, and can create a dialogue that can open the door for "outside of the box" trials on farms. Fun stuff!

3 years 1 month ago


Webinar: Pathways to development; evidence from YouthSave

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  09 October 2015, 08:30-12:30
  Washington USA - Online

Can low-income teens build savings – and does it matter for their futures? Since 2010, YouthSave has been investigating these questions through partnerships with banks and research institutions in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, and Nepal. Over the last three years, more than 130,000 young people have opened savings accounts under the project, accumulating almost $1 million.

On October 9, researchers and practitioners from YouthSave and other practitioners, donors, and policy-making bodies will come together to share their insights on youth savings. They will discuss what YouthSave learned about how to provide scalable saving mechanisms to low-income youth and what this means for the practice of youth development and financial inclusion.

The discussion will cover new research including the findings of YouthSave’s Savings Demand Assessment – an analysis of demographic and transaction patterns from 100,000 YouthSave accounts – and the results of a longitudinal experimen

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 24 September 2015 at 10:39

INFORMATION: écrivez-vous tôt pour une réduction de 10%!

Parcours d'apprentissage - coaching sur la sensibilité au genre dans le développement de la chaîne des valeurs

Vous êtes invités à participer au parcours d'apprentissage. Durant cette formation, vous allez consolider votre expertise en coaching sur le développement de la chaîne de valeur de manière sensible au genre. Vous comprendrez les concepts et les considérations clés dans les différentes étapes de la chaîne de valeur agricole, vous apprendrez à intégrer systématiquement les aspects sexospécifiques en elle et mettrez en pratique vos aptitudes en coaching. En participant ainsi, vous devenez automatiquement membre du réseau des coaches de AgriProFocus et vous aurez accès au matériel exclusif utilisé en genre lors des formations sur la chaîne de valeur et le coaching.

Les formations sont prévues à Kigali (Anglais) et Goma (Français).

Voir cette brochure pour plus d'informations.

Jospin BAHATI COPAD Grands Lacs participerons à la formation sur la chaine de valeur et le coachin à Goma. Pour COPAD Grands Lacs Jospin BAHATI

3 years 3 months ago

yacouba sidibé Grand Merci pour cette formation, en particulier celle en français. C'est là une bonne opportunité pour valoriser nos pratiques. A bientôt pour l'inscription à Goma !!!

3 years 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 24 September 2015 at 10:38

UPDATE: Date change: March 1-4 2016

AgriProFocus and MDF Afrique Centrale present:

Learning journey - coaching on gender sensitive value chain development

You are invited to participate in the learning journey. On this journey you will build your expertise in coaching on value chain development in a gender sensitive way. You will understand the concepts and key considerations in the various stages of the agricultural value chain, learn to systematically integrate gender aspects, and practice your coaching skills. As a trainee you become member of the AgriProFocus network of coaches and will have access to exclusive material for use in gender in value chain training and coaching.

The trainings are planned in Kigali (English) and Goma (French).

See this leaflet for more information.

Posted By in AgriProFocus Uganda
Posted 17 September 2015 at 09:03

Voluntary position - shared by Marina Cherbonnier of YPARD

Call for Applications: YPARD Uganda Country Representative

After a successful end of term for the Uganda representative Eng. Anke Weisheit, YPARD is looking for a passionate and dedicated young professional to take up the position of YPARD representative in Uganda.

To meet its goals, YPARD works with young professionals on a regional, national or local level to undertake activities at a more geographically appropriate level. YPARD is looking for a Ugandan representative to contribute actively to a growing YPARD and help YPARD achieve its ambitious goals.

Roles and Activities of the YPARD Uganda Representative

Under the supervision of the Africa coordinator, the Uganda YPARD Representative will undertake the following activities:

• To represent and be an ambassador for YPARD in the country or region;

• To make connections with relevant youth and agricultural development organizations in your country or region;

• Publicize YPARD in y

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Wanda shadrack wilson Am not a professional but an active dairy farmer and entepreneur. Can I join?

3 years 3 months ago

Inger Janssen Hi Wanda, the position has been filled by now. But you can definitely connect with YPARD in Uganda (and worldwide) via

3 years 3 months ago

Wanda shadrack wilson Thank you, I have registered.

3 years 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 September 2015 at 03:14

The new Global Nutrition Report 2015 is out now

The report, published by IFPRI highlights the latest developments and figures on several issues related to nutrition worldwide. It links to the Sustainable Development Goals which are being formulated at the moment, and also pays specific attention to global food systems and climate change.

Download the complete report here:

On this website you can also download country specific nutrition profiles and other resources.


Children whose growth is stunted, people who don’t get enough vitamins and minerals for a healthy life, adults who are overweight and obese—malnutrition takes many forms and affects every country on earth. A problem of staggering size, malnutrition is widespread enough to threaten the world’s sustainable development ambitions.

The Global Nutrition Report 2015 is a report card on the world’s nutrition—globally, regionally, and country by country—and on efforts to i

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 September 2015 at 02:10

How much do you know about soil?

Take this test and find out what you know and what you didn't know.

Made by FAO/The International Year of Soils 2015

Grant Shepherd I got 9 out of 15 .......... maybe if we put poultry manure into the soil I would improve my score!!!

3 years 4 months ago

Baraka Songa I got 7 out of 15..!!The quiz have helped in adding some knowledge on soil healthy

3 years 4 months ago

Inger Janssen They have also created some educational materials on soils called 'Dig it', I guess all the information that we didn't know must be in there! I got 8 out of 15... Also learning every day!

3 years 4 months ago

Diana Kagere Mugerwa I scored 9 out of 15. Was surprised at how much knowledge I have learnt from the quiz, some facts were new like the one on percentage of food grown and wasted.

3 years 4 months ago

Didier MUYIRAMYE I also got 8/15. Thanks Inger for sharing

3 years 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 27 August 2015 at 08:16

The soil is not the cause of problems, but the solution

Soil scientists gather in Wageningen this week for the second edition of the Wageningen Soil Conference.

They will discuss the role of the soil in themes like food security, climate change and biodiversity. See the opening speech of Louise Fresco by clicking the link in the Tweet below:

For more information on the work of Wageningen University and its institutions on Soil, see this video: Wageningen soil expertise portrayed

Louise Fresco states that the soil is often seen as cause of global issues, but should be seen more as a solution instead. She states that to change this perception, it is essential to start with improving education on soil in primary and secondary education.

Do you agree? How is education on healthy soils organised in your countries?


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