Nicole Metz

Knowledge Facilitator

Utrecht, Netherlands

About Me

Knowledge facilitator at Agri-ProFocus (50%)
Senior Knowledge Broker at the Food and Business Knowledge Platform (50%)

Responsible for the facilitation and network brokering in multistakeholder and cross-country learning processes. Both with AgriProFocus country teams, and with the members of AgriProFocus in Netherlands and with the strategic partners collaborating in the Food & Business Knowledge Platform.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Niger
Posted yesterday at 02:08

Encourager les pères à participer activement à une meilleure nutrition

Souvent, quand on parle de sexe et de l'agriculture, nous discutons des moyens d'accroître la participation des mères à la croissance des aliments nutritifs afin qu'ils puissent nourrir leurs familles ou utiliser les revenus de la vente des récoltes excédentaires pour acheter des aliments sains. Mais le genre doit être plus que sur les femmes. Comment pouvons-nous encourager les hommes et les pères à mieux soutenir leurs partenaires afin d'assurer les meilleurs résultats de la récolte et de la nutrition?

Un projet de nutrition multisectorielle a été développé par l' USAID, entre autres par le renforcement des partenariats, les résultats et innovations en matière de nutrition. À l' échelle mondiale (PRINTEMPS) , fait la promotion de la participation des hommes au Niger est par vidéo communautaire.


Lien vers la vidéo (10 minutes, langue locale, avec sous-titres): https://yo

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 8 December 2017 at 12:10

How the European Union joins trade dynamism with sustainable development

Embedding a multilateral approach is pivotal to the EU’s ethos on trade and sustainable development

See interesting blog, link: http://www.tradeforum.org/news/How-the-European-Union-joins-trade-dynamism-with-sustainable-development/

Extract: The European Union (EU) is at the vanguard of marrying the values of sustainable development with the economic engine of trade. Through the incorporation of comprehensive commitments on environmental and labour provisions in all its bilateral trade agreements the EU aims to build free and fair trading relationships. This is a reflection of EU determination to strengthen and uphold the international community’s journey that began with the Millennium Development Goals and the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio +20) and has culminated with the United Nations 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Mapping across

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 December 2017 at 02:19

The Scaling Scan

The Scaling Scan is a tool to help you to analyze, reflect on, and sharpen your scaling ambition and approach.

This scan was presented and discussed during a seminar hosted by PPPLab on 30 November 2017 in the Netherlands. The notes of the presentations and discussion are presented below.

Introduction - Jan Ubels and Floortje Jacobs (SNV)

Scaling is needed for a variety of reasons: reaching more people, higher efficiencies, achieving system change. A new scan to assess the potential for scaling was developed by PPPLab, and it includes 5 key concepts:

1. Delivery mechanisms. It is about the delivery mechanism(s) for a range of elements that enable the adoption and sustainability of the improved solution or practice (so, not the technical solution only). So it is not what you scale, but how you scale it.

2. Horizontal and vertical scaling. Horizontal : rolling out, replication to as many people as possible. Vertical scaling, is about the other system levels (solution, organization

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 November 2017 at 11:09

Food & Business Knowledge Platform and NWO-WOTRO host a conference

Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact

This conference takes place tomorrow 1 Dec 2017 in the Netherlands and will be attended by approx. 120 guests, of which about 30-35 are from Africa and Asia. The guests are representatives of GCP and ARF research consortia, involved in these research initiatives touching upon a range of specific topics related to Food and Nutrition Security and to agri-food sector development. (see http://knowledge4food.net/research-projects/ ) and representatives from policy, civil society and private sector.

The conference will be used to discuss interim findings of research with Dutch policy makers and a broader multi-stakeholder community.

The concept notes for the different sessions are worth reading also if you don't attend yourself. You may download them through the links below:

Session 1 – Innovations for food security: concept note

Session 2 – Nutrition and consumpti

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Anne Marie Kortleve Good luck tomorrow Nicole! A very nice programme and I love the title :)

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 27 November 2017 at 09:29

Assessing regional integration in Africa VIII

Bringing the continental free trade area about

Report by African Union, ECA, AfdB.

Interesting reading for those with an interest in the potential of regional trade, also in the agrifood sector.

https://www.tralac.org/images/docs/12366/assessing-regional-integration-in-africa-viii-eca-auc-afdb-november-2017.pdf

Posted By in AgriProFocus Zambia
Posted 24 November 2017 at 11:21

Life Beyond Maize

Video on the need to diversify food production and consumption (Hivos, IIED)

Life Beyond Maize shows a farmer and father, the Minister of Agriculture, and a mother, who all became convinced of the need to diversify: their crops, their consumption patterns, and also the national policies that support those. Zambia's double malnutrition burden - stunting and overweight - has a major cause, i.e. the limited diversity of Zambia’s food production and consumption: 94 per cent of agricultural produce is maize.

The Hivos and IIED Sustainable Diets for All programme helps develop and implement policies that diversify Zambian production and supports consumers to diversify their diets. "Food diversity counts!"


For AgriProFocus network members: this video could help developing your ideas on how to create (more) nutrition-sensitive agribusiness. Feel free to show this video in public meetings, it can inspire fruitful debate on the importance of food s

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 20 November 2017 at 09:26

Strategies for feeding the world more sustainably with organic agriculture

Scientific article & YouTube video

Organic agriculture is proposed as a promising approach to achieving sustainable food systems, but its feasibility is also contested. In this video, FiBL researcher Adrian Müller presents a food systems model that addresses agronomic characteristics of organic agriculture to analyse the role that organic agriculture could play in sustainable food systems. The results show, that a 100% conversion to organic agriculture needs more land than conventional agriculture but reduces Nitrogen-surplus and pesticide use. However, in combination with reductions of food wastage and food-competing feed from arable land, with correspondingly reduced production and consumption of animal products, land use under organic agriculture remains below the reference scenario. Other indicators such as greenhouse gas emissions also improve. Besides focusing on production, sustainable food systems need to

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Paul Marivate I like the discussion 

3 weeks 3 days ago

NIYONKURU Albert Yes, Organic agriculture is proposed as a promising approach to achieving sustainable food systems. Thanks

3 weeks 3 days ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME That's a nice article @Nicole!Thank you very much for sharing with us!

3 weeks 3 days ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 10 November 2017 at 11:14

Rassemblement mondiale 2017 du Mouvement Mondial pour mettre fin à la malnutrition (SUN)

"Le Rassemblement mondiale 2017 du Mouvement SUN est terminé, mais nos efforts pour améliorer la nutrition continuent! En remerciant la Côte d'Ivoire d'avoir accueilli cet incroyable rassemblement, revenons sur cette troisième journée d'échange et d'apprentissage mutuels."

Voir un résumé en images, plein de liens aux rapports et aux vidéos sur YouTube spécifiques:

https://storify.com/SUNMovement/sungg17

Plus d'infos sur le mouvement SUN http://scalingupnutrition.org/fr/


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 10 November 2017 at 09:27

Food & Business Knowledge Platform newsletter

In the November 2017 newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) readers based in the Netherlands are invited to register for the conference “Research & Policy: two peas in a pod? A dialogue for food security impact” and (all readers) to vote for one of the three finalists of the Agrofood Broker of the Year 2017 Award. Furthermore, readers are asked to complete the evaluation survey of the Knowledge Portal, and the newsletter informs about workshops, reports and events related to Food and Nutrition Security (FNS), on the following topics:

- Climate Smart Agriculture - eight new GCP-4 projects granted

- NLandscape - a network on Landscape Approaches

- Mozambique Learning Platform on Land Governance and Food Security

- SES4Food: social entrepreneurship in the agrifood sector

- WBG-NL FFA talks: addressing overuse of antibiotics in livestock sector

- Global Database on city and regional food policies

- Dutch Development Results in p

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Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 9 November 2017 at 09:46

Scaling up Climate Smart Agriculture

8 New research projects on business models, incentives and innovative finance For Climate smart agriculture (GCP)

Eight new projects were granted in the fourth call of the Global Challenge Programme, by NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, in collaboration with the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. The call focuses on contributing to business models, incentives and innovative finance for scaling Climate Smart Agriculture.

Read more: http://knowledge4food.net/granted-gcp-projects-scaling-climate-smart-agriculture/

Transdisciplinary proposals were submitted by consortia of research organizations, a public and/or private organization from an LMIC, and CCAFS. Research will take place in the following countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia and in the region East Africa.

A short description of the eight projects which have receiv

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Nicole Metz Maybe good to know: CCAFS is developing Country Profiles for Climate Smart Agriculture. Country profiles that are available already, for Africa: KenyaRwandaSenegalMozambiqueTanzania and ZambiaThe following profiles are currently being developed: Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Uganda.See: https://ccafs.cgiar.org/publications/csa-country-profiles

1 month 1 week ago

Thacien MUNYAMAHAME @Nicole, Thanks for sharing with us!!

1 month 1 week ago

Dorina Prech Thank you for very much for sharing this Nicole Metz! This is very relevant for our upcoming Network day, whose theme is "Investing in climate smart agriculture to enhance food security in a changing climate", and we shall actually be featuring some of these cases such as the smart farm in Nyando for the case of Kenya. 

1 month 6 days ago

Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 8 November 2017 at 09:03

Call For Successful Experiences in Scaling-up Agroecology

FAO calls for cases - deadline 13 November

As one of the planned agenda items of the 2nd International Symposium on Agroecology: Scaling Up agroecology to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), FAO will select and showcase successful experiences in agroecology in action that can be scaled up and out. We will select 12 cases to be presented by speakers during a session of the International Symposium (10min each presentation). The selection of cases will be based on the following criteria:

· Contribution made to scale-up agroecology

· Potential to be replicated and further scaled-up/out

· Addresses each of the three pillars of sustainability (social environmental and economic)

· Regional balance will be ensured

· For each region, case studies involving governmental and non-governmental initiatives will be included

· All the cases need to be based either on policy or practices

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 30 October 2017 at 01:25

Circular Agribusiness in the dairy sector: Let’s close the loops?

“Closing the loops within the dairy farm can save resources, finances, and create new value for both the farmer, the direct environment, and the neighboring farmers.”

Dutch Network meeting with Van Hall Larenstein students & AgriProFocus members- 26 October 2017

There is an interesting potential to enhance circularity in the dairy sector as well as in other agricultural sectors. Applying circular economy principles in agribusiness helps to save resources, to reduce the amount of waste and the negative environmental impact, and creates value. A ‘circular dairy economy’ tool developed by VHL Master student Mr. Mehrab Marri was discussed in a network meeting with AgriProFocus members and VHL students. The meeting generated interesting ideas for further learning on the concepts and practice of Circular Economy Agribusiness.

Introduction Circular Dairy Economy by Mr. Mehrab Marri

There is a clear need to change minds

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Rose Marijani Thanks Nicole for information about the presentation of circular dairy economy.

1 month 1 week ago

Posted By in Dairy & Livestock Worldwide
Posted 30 October 2017 at 12:12

Food for All Talk 05 - World Bank Group - Netherlands knowledge partnership

“Overusing Antibiotics in the Livestock Sector: something can be done!”

On September 28, the fifth Food for All Talk (#FFATalks) under the WBG-Netherlands Partnership took place, entitled “Overusing Antibiotics in the Livestock Sector: something can be done!”. Chief Veterinary Officer of the Netherlands Christianne Bruschke gave an overview of the best practices from the Netherlands and Lorenzo Terzi from the European Commission explained the new “One Health” developments in Brussels (EC).

In this fifth edition of the Food for All Talk series, a World Bank Group (WBG) audience was informed on how the sector can organize and adapt itself for success. And on how this can be done without sacrificing livestock production or farmer income, also in low- and middle-income countries and benefiting from the perspective of the broader One Health approach.

Chief Veterinary Officer of the Netherlands Christianne Brusc

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 27 October 2017 at 12:20

Negatieve en positieve impact voedselproduct in beeld

True Price options being explored in the agrifood sector - new report WUR and TruePrice (in Dutch only)

Wageningen Economic Research en True Price hebben - in opdracht van het ministerie van Economische Zaken - een methodiek ontwikkeld waarmee positieve en negatieve maatschappelijke effecten van de productie en consumptie van voedsel in beeld kan worden gebracht. Doel is bedrijven en consumenten hiermee meer mogelijkheden te geven beslissingen te nemen die bijdragen aan een duurzamere voedselketen.

“Elk voedselproduct heeft altijd positieve en negatieve maatschappelijke effecten. Afwegingen van consumenten en bedrijven zijn alleen mogelijk indien deze effecten meegewogen kunnen worden. Dat doel is met deze studie weer een stap dichterbij.” Willy Baltussen, onderzoeker WUR.

http://www.wur.nl/nl/nieuws/Negatieve-en-positieve-impact-voedselproduct-in-beeld.htm


Het rapport is op 10 oktober besproken tijdens een seminar van het Ministerie van Economis

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 27 October 2017 at 09:30

Survey Knowledge Portal

Your feedback is needed to adjust the Food & Business Knowledge Platform Portal

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) aims to develop a more coherent knowledge agenda and stimulate knowledge sharing for improved Food and Nutrition Security. The Knowledge Portal is one of the Platform’s tools for knowledge dissemination: see http://knowledge4food.net/knowledge-portal/

We are now evaluating this Knowledge Portal to redefine its strategy and carve out a path for the future.

We would like to invite all members of the AgriProFocus network to tell us your opinion about the Knowledge Portal using a short questionnaire.

Please click here to go to the survey.

Your contribution will help us to adjust the portal better to your needs. Even if you are not a regular visitor to the Knowledge Portal, we value your opinion. This survey should only take 5-10 minutes to complete. All answers will be kept in strictest confidentiality; the survey can be anon

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 October 2017 at 07:14

Research projects locator (GCP and ARF)

World map indicating where Food & Business Research projects take place

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform has developed a very useful new tool. The Platform's website includes a world map now with all Global Challenge Programme (purple) and Applied Research Fund (blue) projects: icons are placed in (one of) the countries where the research takes place.

If the reader clicks on an icon, he/she can read a short introduction about the project and press the “Read more” link to find more details on the Research Project page. To better see all projects in one continent or country, the reader can zoom in by pressing the + in the right bottom corner.

AgriProFocus members can use the tool to gather information on the agri-food research happening in the country or region of your interest. If you have particular interest in one specific research initiative, you may want to contact the research consortium to explore options for further exchange and p

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 September 2017 at 02:38

Missie naar Ivoorkust met focus op tuinbouw, agrofood en veeteelt

Bent u werkzaam in agrofood, de tuinbouw en/of de veeteeltsector en wilt u zakendoen in Ivoorkust? Ga dan mee met de missie naar Ivoorkust van 18 tot en met 23 november 2017.

Nederland heeft de mogelijkheid om zich op de SARA 2017 (Salon de l'Agriculture et des Resources Animales) te presenteren als waardevolle handelspartner en expert op gebied van land- en tuinbouw en veeteelt. Deze tweejaarlijkse beurs is de belangrijkste beurs voor alle landbouw-, tuinbouw- en veeteelt-stakeholders uit de regio en wordt gehouden van 17 tot en met 26 november 2017. Deze beurs biedt een mooie kans om deze Nederlandse sectoren te positioneren.

Voor wie is deze missie interessant?

Deze missie is interessant voor bedrijven en kennisinstellingen die zich met name richten op agrofood, tuinbouw, veeteelt, industrialisering van producten op deze gebieden, bodemanalyse en bodemtechnologie ter verbetering van de vruchtbaarheid van land- en tuinbouwg

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Posted By in Gender in Value Chains
Posted 8 September 2017 at 11:50

Women in agriculture must be facilitated, panel hears

African Green Revolution Summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, 5 September 2017

Today’s technological advances and innovations in agriculture should touch every aspects of women’s lives in order for them to have the desired impact on African societies.

This was deliberated on Tuesday, September 5 at the 7th African Green Revolution Summit in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

In a session on “Women in Agriculture”, leaders in politics, business and civil society discussed how challenges to women in agriculture can be overcome and how young women can be facilitated to join the sector.

Read the full article here:

http://reliefweb.int/report/c-te-divoire/women-agriculture-must-be-facilitated-panel-hears

PETER KOLAWOLE Women have value beyond the homeIn homes across the world, women are the keystone. The health of the family—physically and financially— is strengthened when women are empowered to gain knowledge, make decisions, and become leaders. We invest in the power of womenbecause they are the source from which water, fuel, and food flows into the home.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 7 September 2017 at 03:27

Newsletter Food & Business Knowledge Platform - September 2017

In the September newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) readers are invited to nominate candidates for the Agrofood Broker of the Year 2017 Award. Furthermore, the newsletter refers to learning reviews, studies, workshops, reports and events related to Food and Nutrition Security (FNS).

The nomination round for the Agrofood Broker of the Year 2017 award is open! Until Tuesday October 17, anyone can nominate a professional who has undertaken significant brokering activities in 2016/2017. In November, the public can vote for one of the three final candidates selected by the jury, via an open online poll. The winner will be awarded during the “Food & Business Research – Policy Dialogue Conference” on December 1.

Professionals are also encouraged to browse the Knowledge Portal, which provides carefully selected Food and Nutrition Security items focusing on newly obtained knowledge, interesting developments a

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Daoulata MAIGA Bonjour Samuel Nicole Metz va vous aider pour l' inscription ! Merci

2 months 4 weeks ago

Daoulata MAIGA Merci @Nicole Metz pour ce partage, vue l’importance du bulletin, je vais faire une petite traduction pour nos membres francophones.Dans le bulletin de septembre de la plate-forme Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F & BKP), les lecteurs sont invités à désigner des candidats au Prix agroalimentaire de l'année 2017. En outre, le bulletin se réfère à des examens d'apprentissage, des études, des ateliers, des rapports et des événements liés à la sécurité alimentaire et nutritionnelle (FNS).Le tour de nomination pour le courtier agroalimentaire de l'année 2017 est ouvert! Jusqu'au mardi 17 octobre, tout le monde peut nommer un professionnel qui a entrepris d'importantes activités de courtage en 2016/2017. En novembre, le public peut voter pour l'un des trois derniers candidats sélectionnés par le jury, par le biais d'un sondage en ligne ouvert. Le gagnant sera décerné au cours de la conférence "Food & Business Research - Policy Dialogue Conference" le 1er décembre.Les professionnels sont également encouragés à parcourir le portail de connaissances, qui fournit des éléments de sécurité alimentaire et de sécurité sélectionnés avec soin, axés sur les connaissances nouvellement obtenues, les développements intéressants et les bonnes pratiques. La plate-forme invite les professionnels à contribuer au portail en transmettant des articles pertinents, tels que des rapports, des mémoires, des trousses d'outils et des articles qu'ils rencontrent dans leur travail professionnel. Si vous êtes intéressés, les professionnels peuvent également s’ abonner à nos alertes par courrier électronique pour recevoir des notifications mensuelles sur des sujets spécifiques du Portail de connaissances. Pour informer en permanence les professionnels intéressés sur ce qui se passe au sein de la plate-forme, les chaînes de médias sociaux F & BKP Twitter et Facebook sont mises à jour quotidiennement. Veuillez suivre ce lien vers le bulletin de septembre 2017 de la plate-forme; profitez de la lecture! Pour toutes Informations complementaires cliquez sur ce lien: http://knowledge4food.net/fbkp-newsletter-2017-05/    

2 months 4 weeks ago

Nicole Metz Bonjour Samuel et Daoulata, merci pour vos réactions et traductions. Il est important de clarifier que le Prix 2017 est pour 'knowledge brokering' or 'le courtage des connaissances'. Si vous voulez etre candidat, il faut que une autre personne vous recommande, avec le formulaire.  

2 months 3 weeks ago

Daoulata MAIGA Merci Nicole pour la précision, je pense que Mr Samuel est bien orienté maintenant ! Bonne journée 

2 months 3 weeks ago

Paul Marivate I am a training consultant and would love to participate in your projects 

3 weeks 3 days ago

Posted By in Sustainable Agriculture
Posted 28 August 2017 at 08:52

The significance of soils and soil science towards realization of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

Article by Keesstra, S. D., Bouma, J., Wallinga, J., Tittonell, P., Smith, P., Cerdà, A., Montanarella, L., Quinton, J. N., Pachepsky, Y., van der Putten, W. H., Bardgett, R. D., Moolenaar, S., Mol, G., Jansen, B., and Fresco, L. O. Published 2016

This article was quoted today, at the start of the start of the Wageningen Soil Conference 2017, see blog post by chair Jacob Wallinga through this link:

http://www.wur.nl/en/blogpost/Blog-Soil-Science-and-the-Sustainable-Development-Goals.htm

Abstract. In this forum paper we discuss how soil scientists can help to reach the recently adopted UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the most effective manner. Soil science, as a land-related discipline, has important links to several of the SDGs, which are demonstrated through the functions of soils and the ecosystem services that are linked to those functions (see graphical abst

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Akibodé Djodji L'importance des sols et de la science des sols dans la réalisation des objectifs de développement durable des Nations Unies  Article par Keesstra, SD, Bouma, J., Wallinga, J., Tittonell, P., Smith, P., Cerdà, A., Montanarella, L., Quinton, JN, Pachepsky, Y., van der Putten, WH , Bardgett, RD, Moolenaar, S., Mol, G., Jansen, B. et Fresco, LO Publié en 2016  Cet article a été cité aujourd'hui, au début du début de la Wageningen Soil Conference 2017, voir la publication du blog par la chaise Jacob Wallinga à travers ce lien:  Http://www.wur.nl/fr/blogpost/Blog-Soil-Science-and-the-Sustainable-Development-Goals.htm

3 months 2 weeks ago