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.

Skills and Expertise


Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 14 January 2016 at 09:14

The role of research to achieve healthy diets from sustainable agri-food systems for all

2015 Reflections and 2016 Outlook, by CGIAR Consortium CEO Frank Rijsberman,

Agri-food systems today are not sustainable, nor are they providing healthy food for all. Analysis of food system challenges shows that radical transformation is urgently needed. Such transformation requires accelerated innovation and that, in turn, requires increased investment in agri-food research to power the engine that drives innovation. Providing healthy food and decent employment for all people will also require closing the gender gap, ensuring equal pay for both genders, and progressing on the path towards women’s rights. 

Posted By in AgriProFocus Kenya
Posted 6 January 2016 at 07:35

Monsanto, US, & Gates Foundation pressure Kenya to reverse GMO ban

Interesting article about a sensitive issue.

Please share your thoughts if you like to.

Rolf Schinkel Very complicated: Monsanto, USAID, BMGF, who is standing where and serving what purpose? If interests of organisations with seemingling very different objectives appear the same, a decision on one issue will have unexpected effects on other issues. This kind of collaboration could undermine independant political decision making.

3 years 1 week ago

Anatole Majyambere Thank you Nicole for the is interesting article. I am surprised there haven't been any comment from Kenya on this. Dear Kenyans, what do you think? Will you follow the example of Burkina Faso, South Africa, and Sudan? or You will surrender to the pressure?

3 years 1 week ago

Amos Thiongo GMO debate is extremely divisive. It is difficult to separate the facts from the myths for an ordinary citizen since the pro and anti GMO camps have taken extreme positions and battle lines already drawn. In my opinion, the government should do gradual adoption of GMO technology as and when it feels sufficiently convinced of its effects. For example, what is the risk of GMO cotton? The Fibre crop might have significantly different effects compared to food crops like maize..... but again, am just an ordinary citizen

3 years 6 days ago

Angela Ndereyerio Where are our researchers in Africa, I wish they could come up with their own tranformational seed for the continent.

3 years 3 days ago

Wycliffe Oyunga the 'politix of food' is how i refer to this and as in every arena there are losers and winner and more often its a winner take all. pro and anti GMO experts need to digest and simplify the huge amounts of information they have on this topic so as to include everybody. This is an important issue that requires full participation of all stakeholders, none more so than rural based farmers. otherwise several risks abound, not least of which is the potential to throw the baby out with the bathwater

3 years 12 hours ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 January 2016 at 11:10

Food & Business Knowledge Platform, 10th newsletter.

Interesting updates about inclusive agribusiness, horticulture, World Bank knowledge programme, etc.


This December newsletter presents various reports on events, new studies and expert opinions developed within the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) in the last months.
In addition to the articles below, on the F&BKP website you now can find a description of all granted 
GCP and ARF research projects, including from the latest Calls. In that website section you can also read about the supporting role of the Platform and NWO-WOTRO in knowledge sharing and research uptake of all awarded Food & Business Research projects.

Please enjoy reading this newsletter and exploring our website at To constantly stay updated on the activities of the Platform, you can follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 4 January 2016 at 10:04

Food & Nutrition Security policy of the Netherlands
A useful overview of the key elements of this policy

Food and nutrition security is one of the main themes in Dutch development policy. The Dutch government believes that the Netherlands can make a significant contribution to global food security due to the extensive knowledge on farming, the innovative business sector and the ambitions of Dutch civil society and knowledge institute partners that play a vital role.

Find a useful overview of the policy and links to relevant background documents in an article on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website, via this link:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 December 2015 at 08:50

10th newsletter Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Are you interested in knowledge and innovations in the area of Food, Nutrition and Agriculture!?

Newsletter no. 10 of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform is now available and recommended reading to all! It also includes a brief update on the AgriProFocus & partners Regional Horticulture Event in Rwanda (November 25-27).

Enjoy reading!

P.S. If you haven't subscribed yet, you can also do so through the link on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website. 

Emile NSENGIYUMVA Merci de l'information et elle est bien reçue

3 years 1 month ago

ADA MAHAMANE Habou merci de l'info

2 years 11 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 11 December 2015 at 02:27

Three Global Challenge Programme Fast Track research projects granted

Relevant for stakeholders with interest in Dairy, Gardening, Aquaculture. Please see the link:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Tanzania
Posted 7 December 2015 at 10:29

Interesting publication:

Assessing Policy Coherence for Development

A Pilot Study on the Impacts of OECD Countries’ Policies on Food Security in Tanzania

Posted By in Promoting Innovation & Trade in Horticulture
Posted 4 December 2015 at 02:47


One week after the successful Regional Horticulture Event in Rwanda. The newspapers and some online media have published about it, in the meantime. See picture and this hyperlink

AgriProFocus teams in Rwanda and the Netherlands are now producing a report for participants and the broader audience. To be shared as soon as possible!

Posted By in Dairy & Livestock Worldwide
Posted 9 October 2015 at 03:00

Green solutions for reducing antibiotics International symposium organised by the Natural Livestock Farming Platform (Zwolle, Netherlands, 1 October 2015) This event was the outcome of a multiannual E-motive facilitated exchange programme between Indian, Ugandan, Ethiopian and Dutch dairy stakeholders, and sharing lessons learnt from the different countries and from the joint learning was a key activity. About 100 participants, with farmers, vets, some businesses and scholars/consultants, as well as 30 students from PTC+. During the event, the Natural Livestock Farming Platform was formally launched. Find background about this platform on their website and Facebook page.
Organisers of the symposium were Dutch Farm Experience, supported by a group of key Dutch stakeholders including Province Overijssel, Oxfam Novib, WUR/Rikilt, European Commission and others. AgriProFocus facilitated two wor

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Ethiopia
Posted 9 October 2015 at 02:32

How to Design and Facilitate Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships

Presentation of a new Guide by CDI – Wageningen UR

“Multi-stakeholder partnerships (MSPs) are about changing something with others”, said Herman Brouwer, during the launch of a new book, “The MSP Guide: How to Design and Facilitate Multi-Stakeholder Partnerships” by the Centre of Development Innovation (CDI) of Wageningen University & Research centre on October 6, 2015. “When building a multi-stakeholder partnership, it is important to be clear about what you want to change, with whom, and how”, he added.This guide helps facilitating these multi-stakeholder processes. It links the underlying rationale for multi-stakeholder partnerships, with a clear four phase process model, a set of seven core principles, key ideas for facilitation and 60 participatory tools for analysis, planning and decision making. The guide has been written for those directly involved in MSPs – as a stakeholder, leader, facilitator or funder

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 October 2015 at 02:16

Private Sector-led greening of agriculture in Africa

What financial and policy incentives can stimulate best practices by Dutch SMEs?

Wednesday 21 October, 2015, 17.00-19.00h
Rabobank Vijverberg, The Hague

With a focus on Africa and on SMEs, this Food First Session, organised together with the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM) and AgriProFocus, will discuss what financial and policy incentives can stimulate best practices by Dutch businesses interested in investing in African agriculture. Representatives of the private sector will give examples of farming innovations and of current approaches in the financial industry for the greening of agriculture, and Dutch government officials will outline what policies and instruments are in place to help those (e.g. the Dutch Good Growth Fund). An interactive debate will follow, with participants from the business, government, civil society and research communities.

Please register timely! More information via the link below.

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 October 2015 at 07:58

Letter to the world: Never waste a food crisis

2.500 young people call for sustainable agriculture and creative entrepreneurship 

Earlier this week, 2500 young farmers, designers, chefs, researchers and activists came together to make a statement at the Milano Expo ( where the world is showcasing on how they are feeding the world, but forgot to give the farmers a voice. They made an urgent call for sustainable agriculture and creative entrepreneurship.
One of the results is a 'Letter to the world', a manifesto, made by artists and created by participants. You can find it here:

AgriProFocus Netherlands (Inger Janssen) participated too and will share more information on this online platform soon. If you were at the event too, and want to share your experiences, please use this site too!

More info on twitter: #WFTP

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 18 September 2015 at 02:07

Sommet des Nations Unies pour adopter les nouveaux objectifs mondiaux de développement durable (l'objectif 'zero faim' inclu)

25-27 Septembre 2015 - Les dirigeants et les hauts responsables politiques des États membres de l'ONU se trouveront à New York au Sommet des Nations Unies pour adopter les nouveaux objectifs mondiaux de développement durable pour les 15 prochaines années. Le document final du sommet, "

Transformer notre monde : le Programme de développement durable à l’horizon 2030", qui comprend 17 objectifs de développement durable, a été accordé par les 193 Etats Membres de l'ONU en Août de 2015. José Graziano da Silva, Directeur général de la FAO, participera à plusieurs événements au Sommet, y compris le dialogue interactif 1 sur l’éradication de la pauvreté et de la faim, et l’événementMobiliser la Génération Faim Zéro.

Pour plus d'information: voir le lien suivant: )

ONG GBEWA Merci pour le partage

3 years 4 months ago

Idrissa BA Merci Nicole pour le partage de cet article très informatif sur le s nouveaux objectifs du développement durable

3 years 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 September 2015 at 02:02

UN summit to adopt the post-2015 SDGs next week 

Formal adoption of the 'zero hunger' target 

25 to 27 September 2015 – Leaders and senior politicians from UN Member States will be in New York for the UN Sustainable Development Summit to adopt new global goals for the next 15 years. The summit outcome document, “Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, which includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals, was agreed on by the UN’s 193 Member States in August 2015. 

José Graziano da Silva, FAO's Director-General, will participate  in several events at the Summit, including interactive dialogue 1 on Ending poverty and hunger, and Mobilizing Generation Zero Hunger

For background reading, you may use the FAO website:

Several blogs and other articles:

(en francais, voir le lien suivant: )

Nicole Metz A blog word reading, on the same topic: Taking action: why national ownership of the Sustainable Development Goals is vital to success. Link:

3 years 3 months ago

Posted By in Conference
Posted 18 September 2015 at 12:02

Conference "Promoting Innovation and Trade in Horticulture"

Your participation and contribution is most welcome!

During the Regional Horticultural Exhibition in Rwanda, a two-day conference will take place (26-27 Nov), which will offer the space for sharing of experiences and knowledge. Businesses, public institutions, universities, farmers organisations, CSOs, from the countries in the region have the opportunity to learn from each other and showcase their good practice.

AgriProFocus members and facilitating staff in Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, DRCongo, Uganda as well as in The Netherlands have provided their first ideas and suggestions for this conference already. Thanks kindly to everybody who has contributed so far! Together we have developed an interesting first version of the programme, with amongst others:

- an exciting panel session about the potential of regional trade in horticultural products;

- pitches by the winners from each country of the Business Innovation Competition;

- p

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 18 September 2015 at 10:31

Newsletter 8, Food & Business Knowledge Platform

The September newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform presents the study, “The impact of food standards on inclusive growth in agriculture: the case of Bangladesh”. The study was conducted by the BoP Innovation Center on behalf of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Bangladesh and the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP).

We also update you about the YEP Agrofood partnership agreement which has officially been signed. The Office announces the first and upcoming Food & Business Applied Research projects workshop on knowledge co-creation and research uptake that will be held in Uganda beginning October. Lastly, you will have the opportunity to read four new articles published within the Platform, including two articles in the context of the International Year of Soils 2015, one on the theme Inclusive Business, and one expert opinion from the Embassy in Kenya on the topic of needed expertise in t

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 15 September 2015 at 08:02

JUNE 2-3, 2015

Report of a learning exchange about landscapes

Nathan Ruhiiga I am glad that efforts are being channeled towards enhancing awareness on the urgent need for collective focus on halting climate change and arable land degradation. Kudos

3 years 4 months ago


Agroecology in the EU : an unique opportunity for the EU

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  17 September 2015, 09:00-13:15
  Brussels, Belgium

venue: European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli Building – A1G-2 room

The European Coordination Via Campesina organises a public debate on Agroecology, based on the work achieved by the food producers worldwide that agreed on common understanding of the principle of Agroecology as presented in the declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology (2015). The conference will be an opportunity to discuss the public policies needed in order to support and implement agroecology in Europe with representatives from EU institutions and the scientific community in Europe. The public debate will be held in the European Parliament building and hosted by MEP Lidia Senra Rodríguez (GUE/NGL). Representatives of farmers and small-scale food producers’ organisations will challenge EU institutions and the scientific community through an interactive debate.

The event will be held in the European Parliament on the 17th of September.

The event will be held in

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Posted By in Soil Health Management
Posted 11 September 2015 at 12:20

Potato take precedence over combating subsidence

New article in a series of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Grant Shepherd Hi Nicole, this is a very interesting article and holds tremendous potential for certainly areas in Africa. Regards Grant

3 years 4 months ago

Nicole Metz Thank you for your reaction, Grant. Please also check other parts of the website of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform, as we offer many more interesting papers!

3 years 4 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Mali
Posted 10 September 2015 at 08:25

Organising Trade in South Mali (Organisation des relations de commerces au Sud du Mali)

PhD study Wageningen University

On Wednessday September 9 Ms. Ellen Mangnus defended her Ph.D thesis at Wageningen University. Mangnus, KIT advisor sustainable economic development examined how Malian farmers organise themselves in practice and which lessons can be learnt to improve programs that aim at facilitating inclusive agricultural development and reducing poverty in rural Africa.

Tools to reduce poverty

Market access for small farmers is seen as an important tool in reducing poverty and promoting economic growth. Many development programs offer advice and assist African farmers in forming formal organizations such as cooperatives.

Insights into organisational forms of agricultural cooperation

Mangnus: ‘The idea that small farmers have to organize themselves to improve their market position is quite logical; After all together you stand stronger and have a better bargaining position. But in practi

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Simon Wachira Quite true, and there are other enjoined factors to market access.Check my post on linkedin;Challenges experienced by smallholder poultry farmers in Kenya

3 years 4 months ago