Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 February 2018 at 07:31

More potatoes – Secure food in Burundi

Research, development and knowledge transfer on special care are needed to make sure planted "seed" potato tubers are well sprouted and avoid diseases. This project selected three varieties with good performance and facilitates the training of farmer on seed conservation.

Read more in this Factsheet final findings Applied Research Fund Call 1: Development of potato seed quality based innovations for small scale farmers in the three provinces around Bujumbura town in Burundi.


Public Seminar: The Potential of Value Chains for Nutrition

Event posted by in Innovation Community NUTRITION
  16 February 2018, All Day Event
  Azzeman Hotel (Bole Area), Addis Ababa

The Food & Business Knowledge Platform, NWO-WOTRO and AgriProFocus Ethiopia, in close collaboration with IFPRI and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, are organizing the public seminar “The potential of value chains for nutrition: Knowledge exchange for better informed policies and practices” on Friday 16 February 2018 in Azzeman Hotel, in Addis Ababa.

The public seminar will focus on the potential of nutrition-sensitive value chain interventions for improved nutritional intake in Ethiopia. Experts working with and in Ethiopian food value chains from policy, practice and research will be invited to exchange with Applied Research Fund projects (third Call) from Africa, Asia and the Netherlands that will be in Addis Ababa for their kick-off workshop that week.

The seminar will look at how knowledge co-creation, sharing and research uptake throughout the food value chain can be improved in order to contribute to Food and Nutrition Security. Please download the 2-page background document e

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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 ) 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 :)

2 months 3 weeks ago

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 17 July 2017 at 08:44

9 Applied Research Projects granted funding by NWO-WOTRO (9 Nouveaux projets de recherche appliquée)

In June 2017 nine proposals have been awarded funding in the second round of the third ARF Call. Please find below the titles and direct links to the projects per country (selection of countries with AgriProFocus network):

(FR: En juin 2017, neuf propositions de project ont été approuvées dans le cadre du Fonds de Recherche Appliquée ARF. Veuillez trouver les titres et les liens directs aux descriptions de projet par pays (selectionnés par pays avec réseau AgriProFocus)


Commercial Seed System for African Indigenous Vegetables in Uganda


Rainwater harvesting from roads for indigenous pasture production & improved rural livelihoods in Kenya (ROFIP)


Enhancing safety and quality of milk in Ethiopia



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Akibodé Djodji Merci Nicole pour ce partage, je viens de faire un tour sur le lien relatif au projet de recherche au Mali, c'est avec plaisir que j'ai donc retrouvé les membres du consortium dont  la Fondation Sassakawa , l'IPR, et surtout le KIT. C'est vraiment une bonne opportunité pour les producteurs du Mali.Avec une semence de qualité,on peut nourrir le monde.(Sécurité alimentaire). Le réseau se fera un grand plaisir d'accompagner le consortium et lui faciliter la vulgarisation des résultats de la recherche. La force du réseau c'est les membres, et la force des membres c'est le réseau. Restons  connectés

7 months 1 week ago

Rapport 2ème atelier international du Fond de recherche appliquée (ARF) 

En octobre 2016, les membres du projet ARF-2 se sont rencontrés pour un échange d'apprentissage lors du deuxième atelier international du Fonds de recherche appliquée sur les aliments et les entreprises (ARF) à Cotonou, au Bénin. Étant donné que les groupes de projets ARF visent à assurer leur recherche dans la société, ils ont tous une organisation privée en tant que chef de projet de leur consortium. Les projets doivent également intégrer leur recherche dans la société dès le début du projet. Pour soutenir ces groupes dans la réalisation de ces objectifs, les deux premiers jours de l'atelier ont porté sur l'échange de connaissances et les stratégies de co-création et de recherche. En outre, un séminaire public a été organisé sur le rôle de la nutrition dans les chaînes de valeur agricoles. Au cours de cette troisième journée, des ateliers ont été approfondis avec des professi

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 23 March 2017 at 02:53

F&BKP newsletter 2017 #01

Bulletin d'information Food & Business Knowledge Platform 2017 # 1

Link / Lien:


- Mapping of social entrepreneurs in food value chains within their supporting ecosystems

- Stakeholder perceptions & future outlook of Food & Business Knowledge Platform

- Potential of hybrid potato cultivars in East Africa

- RUAF analysis report “The role of private sector in city region food systems”

- Food for All Talk 01: "From production system to food system" (WBG-NL partnership)

- ARF Country workshop in Uganda

- GCP Call with CCAFS on Climate Smart Agriculture

- Upcoming study & learning project on poultry development in East Africa

- Learning Platforms on Land Governance and Food Security

Follow this link / suivez ce lien:

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 17 February 2017 at 09:05

Nine Ugandan Food & Business projects gathered to enhance their policy relevance

Article by Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Representatives of nine Applied Research Fund (ARF) projects – from research, the private sector and NGOs and governmental agencies – gathered for a country workshop in Entebbe on January 26 and 27. They discussed and reflected upon emerging findings and results of research on food security and private sector development, mainly in Uganda but also with a more global focus. The engagement with policy, to enhance the conditions for an enabling environment, was the main theme of the event.

The workshop was organized by NWO-WOTRO Science for Global Development, the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) and RUFORUM. It provided room for acquaintance, exchange and reflection, through presentations, discussions, working group sessions and a field trip. The workshop was aimed at learning, about the respective projects, the ARF programme and the F&BKP as well as approaches to a

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 December 2016 at 11:58

Bulletin Food & Business Knowledge Platform (16)

Veuillez trouver le nouveau bulletin du Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) qui inclut des nouvelles sur la recherche, les évènements et les publications récentes liées au travail dans le cadre du plateforme. Publié en anglais seulement, mais avec cette briève introduction en francais. 

Themes intéressantes pour les membres d'AgriProFocus:

- Entrepreneuriat social et la sécurité alimentaire

- Un outil pour mesurer les capabilités des entreprises Agricole dans les marchés en développement

- Lecons de 'Geodata pour l'Agriculture et l'Eau (G4AW)

- Séminaire ARF au Benin sur l'impact de la recherche pour la sécurité alimentaire.

- Les liens entre l'Agriculture et la nutrition - seminaire public au Benin

- Le role des consommateurs dans les systemes agro-alimentaires

- et plusieurs autres references et liens.

Cliquez ce lien:

Daoulata MAIGA Merci pour le partage Nicole et la petite traduction de l'introduction .

1 year 2 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 2 December 2016 at 11:47

Newsletter Food & Business Knowledge Platform (16)

Please find herewith the latest Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) newsletter filled with updates on F&BKP related research, calls and events. 

Themes of interest to AgriProFocus members in this newsletter:

- Social entrepreneurship

- Capability assessment tool for agribusinesses in developing markets

- Lessons learned Geodata for Agriculture and Water (G4AW) Facility

- ARF workshop in Benin on enhancing research impact for food security completed successfully

- Agriculture to nutrition linkages (public seminar Benin)

- The role of consumers in sustainable food systems

- and several interesting other references and announcements

Click this link:

Famory SINABA Merci Nicole pour ces docs

1 year 2 weeks ago

Posted By in Securité Alimentaire et Nutritionnelle Bénin
Posted 16 November 2016 at 10:07


L'interview de ce mois est accordée par Mr Fassinou Nicodeme, un des participants au séminaire organisé dans le cadre du Fonds pour la Recherche Appliquée ARF.

CI SAN : Présentez-vous s’il vous plaît

Nicodeme F. : Moi C’est Nicodeme Fassinou, je suis Enseignant Chercheur à la Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques de l’Université d’Abomey-Calavi, Agronome et Consultant en Chaînes de valeur des produits agricoles.

CI SAN : vous avez participé au séminaire international organisé dans le cadre de ARF. Parlez-nous un peu de ARF et comment peut-on en bénéficier ?

Nicodeme F. : ARF signifie Applied Research Fund en d’autres termes Fonds pour la Recherche Appliquée. C’est un fonds que le gouvernement Néerlandais à travers WOTRO met à la disposition des chercheurs et acteurs du développement pour faire bénéficier des résultats de leurs recherches aux acteurs du domaine. Pour bénéficier de ce fonds, il faut se mettre en Consortium: des parten

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Posted By in Securité Alimentaire et Nutritionnelle Bénin
Posted 26 October 2016 at 04:25

Deuxième atelier international du Fonds de la Recherche appliquée pour l'alimentation et les affaires (ARF)

Cet atelier a réuni une trentaine de participants venus du Bénin, du Kenya, de l'Indonésie, de Bangladesh, de l'Ouganda, des Pays bas, de Mozambique, Tanzanie, Ghana, Ethiopie et Allemagne. Au tolal, 17 projets ont été séléctionnés dans ce cadre.

L'atelier a démarré ce jour 26 octobre 2016 à Novotel Hôte et prendra fin le 29 octobre 2016.

La cérémonie d'ouverture a connu la présence de Mme Cora Govers, Représentante de Nwo Wotro, du Pr HOUNHOUIGAN Joseph, Doyen de la Faculté des Sciences Agronomiques de l'Université d'Abomey-Calavi, du Pr FAROUGOU, Vice recteur chargé de la coopération internationale, de Mme Vanessa Nigten, Représentante de Food & Business Knowledge Platform  et de Mr Marcel DJIHOUN, Coordonnateur d'AgriProFocus Bénin.  

Apres la cérémonie d'ouverture, s'en est suivi un atelier sur la théorie du changement et u

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Anne Marie Kortleve Salut Sabihat, pouvez-vous nous expliquer au sujet de l'atelier s'il vous plaît? Je voudrais en savoir plus.

1 year 3 months ago

SALOUFOU Moussabihatou Anne Marie, c'est votre droit. J'attendais d'avoir plus d'informations sur l'atelier pour en partager le contenu avec vous. C'est fait maintenant. Si vous avez des questions, n'hésitez pas

1 year 3 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Rwanda
Posted 17 October 2016 at 03:23

AgriProFocus Rwanda organizes a workshop on the ''Applied Research Fund'' (ARF)

On Friday 15th October 2015, AgriProFocus Rwanda in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Rwanda organized a workshop to share information on the Applied Research Fund. The workshop brought together 44 participants from research institutions, knowledge institutes, government institutions, insurance companies, private companies, NGOs, Dutch Embassy, etc.

The workshop kicked-off with welcoming remarks from the AgriProFocus Rwanda Coordinator, Mrs Sajji Ryakunze. 

‘’Aid, Trade, Food Security and Nutrition strategies"   

Next, followed an overview of the ‘’Aid, Trade, Food Security and Nutrition strategies" of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands Embassy in Rwanda by Mr Pieter Dorst, Head of Development Cooperation at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In the past years, the Dutch Embassy works in Rwanda emphasized on programs improving Food Sec

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Workshop on the Applied Research Fund

Event posted by in AgriProFocus Rwanda
  14 October 2016, 14:00-18:00
  Umubano Hotel

(Participation only by invitation !!!)

AgriProFocus Rwanda in collaboration with the Dutch Embassy is organizing a workshop to share information on the Applied Research Fund (available fund for a private or public practitioner organisation or a research organisation) that will take place at Umubano Hotel on 14th October 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. 

(A business cocktail will follow). 

The Food & Business Applied Research Fund provides grants to applied research contributing to innovation for food security and private sector development in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation. Proposals may be submitted by consortia consisting of at least one private on public practitioners’ organisation active in the partner countries and one research or higher education organisation. One Dutch partner is required. The deadline for submission is 6 December 2016.

In contribution to the development of Rwanda, the Kingdom of Netherlands through its embassy

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 5 October 2016 at 07:53

Newsletter Food & Business Knowledge Platform (no. 15)

The September newsletter of the Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) is filled with nine news items on results of F&BKP affiliated research, calls and events:

- Report regional workshop on Compost for Sustainable Agriculture

- Research project Measuring effects of agri-development on nutrition

- Literature review Social entrepreneurs as change makers for food security

- Applied Research Fund  (ARF): third call second round with deadline December 6, 2016

- Research findings & takeaways expert meetings Finance for Smallholders

Further, on the Food & Business Knowledge Platform website you can also read an update on food and nutrition security policy highlights as part of the Dutch Development Results 2015 magazine.

For more detailed background information and to download our reports and studies, please explore this website An additional way to make sure you don’t miss any Platform updates is to follow us on Twitter

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CASTORY WILLIAM thanks madam

1 year 4 months ago

Posted By in Emplois et Appels a Propositions
Posted 27 May 2016 at 02:03

Appel à proposition pour le FOND DE RECHERCHE APPLIQUE (ARF)

Le Fond de la recherche appliquée a pour objectif de fournir des subventions à la recherche appliquée qui contribue à l'innovation pour la sécurité alimentaire et le développement du secteur privé dans les 15 pays partenaires de la coopération au développement des Pays-Bas. Les projets doivent contribuer à améliorer l'accès durable et inclusif à une alimentation suffisante et saine et à un climat des affaires inclusif pour les populations les plus vulnérables des pays partenaires des Pays-Bas. Les projets doivent montrer l'applicabilité des connaissances, des idées, des technologies, des outils, des produits, des services ou des politiques nouvellement développés ou adaptés. Etant donné qu’un secteur privé local / régional fort est important pour atteindre la sécurité alimentaire locale / régionale, des projets de recherche qui visent à améliorer l'esprit d'entreprise local / régional sont inclus.

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NASCITA LTD Merci pour le partage

1 year 8 months ago

ADIFON merci pour le partage

1 year 8 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 15 April 2016 at 09:42

Newsletter (12) of Food & Business Knowledge Platform

Recommended reading about a/o. Applied Research Fund, SMEs, Micronutrients, Youth, World Bank, and the Extensive Livestock Expo.

This newsletter includes interesting highlights: the launch of the third call of the Food & Business Applied Research Fund; and several knowledge products and event reports. Those include the complete report of the successful Food & Business Applied Research projects workshop held in Uganda (in collaboration with AgriProFocus), an essay on micronutrient management, an exploration on youth in agriculture, a report of the “Food for All Partnership” learning journey on food safety, and the report about the Extensive Livestock Expo (which AgriProfocus Kenya co-organised).

Please draw your attention to the proposal deadline for the Young Expert Programmes (YEP). Until June 1, Dutch companies, knowledge institutions and social organizations can submit a proposal for the deployment of a Young Expert in Agrofood. Please v

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Georges Djodji Akibodé Ce bulletin comprend les faits saillants intéressants: le lancement du troisième appel du Fonds de la recherche appliquée de l'alimentation et des affaires; et plusieurs produits de la connaissance et les rapports d'événements. Ceux-ci incluent le rapport complet de la réussite de l'alimentation et des affaires de la recherche appliquée Projets atelier tenu en Ouganda (en collaboration avec AgriProFocus), un essai sur la gestion des micronutriments, une exploration sur les jeunes dans l'agriculture, un rapport de la "Food for All Partnership" parcours d'apprentissage sur la sécurité alimentaire, et le rapport sur l'Expo de l'élevage extensif (qui AgriProfocus Kenya a co-organisé). S'il vous plaît attirer votre attention sur la date limite de proposition pour les programmes d'experts Young (YEP). Jusqu'au 1er Juin, les entreprises néerlandaises, les institutions du savoir et des organisations sociales peuvent soumettre une proposition pour le déploiement d'un jeune expert en agroalimentaire. S'il vous plaît visitez le site Web de YEP pour plus d'informations. S'il vous plaît suivez ce lien: Aimer lire! Les réactions sont les bienvenues! - Voir plus: Agri Pro Focus

1 year 10 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Indonesia
Posted 11 April 2016 at 02:40

Undangan Menulis Proposal Dana Riset Aplikatif untuk Pangan dan Bisnis

Inovasi untuk ketahanan pangan dan pengembangan sektor bisnis

Undangan dipublikasikan di sini dikhususkan untuk anggota jaringan AgriProFocus seperti praktisi dan lembaga riset yang tertarik berkolaborasi bersama!

NOW-WOTRO meluncurkan undangan menulis proposal Dana Riset Aplikatif di Bidang Pangan dan Bisnis (ARF/ Aplied Research Fund). Ini adalah undangan menulis proposal ARF yang ketiga. ARF memberi dana untuk riset aplikatif yang berkontribusi pada inovasi ketahanan pangan dan pembangunan sektor bisnis di 15 negara mitra Belanda untuk kerjasama pembangunan. Undangan ini dikembangkan melalui kolaborasi yang intens dengan Food & Business Knowledge Platform.

Proposal harus dikirim oleh konsorsium yang terdiri dari :

1. Organisasi praktisi publik atau sektor bisnis (minimal 1)

2. Lembaga riset atau perguruan tinggi (minimal 1)

3. Organisasi Belanda

Tenggat waktu pengiriman proposal adalah 5 J

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muhamad lukman Very interest

1 year 5 months ago

Iwan Budhiarta Dear All... Thank you for sharing this valuable information... I have one good topic of scientific research, a sustainable business strategy of Arabica Specialty Coffee from a major cooperative in Gayo Highlands, Aceh... Is there any chance for me to send my proposal and get a research fund?

1 year 5 months ago

AgriProFocus Indonesia Hai Iwan, to apply this grant the project/research should be executed by consortium. Do you have any prospective partner already? Or: Which stakeholder you think might be have interest/get benefit from your research? We can approach them to make consortium.

1 year 5 months ago

Iwan Budhiarta Dear admin...after I finished doing my research proposal, what should i do then? can I contact you directly?...please help me...

1 year 4 months ago

Tina Napitupulu Dear Pak Iwan, perhaps we could arrange a discussion. Please contact AgriProFocus at 081212503496 for a meeting arrangement.

1 year 4 months ago

Posted By in AgriProFocus Benin
Posted 7 April 2016 at 02:20

Third Call for proposals Food & Business Applied Research Fund

Innovation for food security and private sector development

The Call published here is particularly interesting for AgriProFocus members interested in collaboration between practitioners and research institutions!

NWO-WOTRO has launched the third call for proposals for the Food & Business Applied Research Fund (ARF). ARF provides grants to applied research contributing to innovation for food security and private sector development in the 15 partner countries of Dutch development cooperation. The call has been developed in close collaboration with the Food & Business Knowledge Platform. Please note that some changes have been made in this call for proposals as compared to the previous two calls. Most notably with regard to the foci of the call, the additional option to have a different focus on two countries (Bangladesh and Kenya) and the reimbursable costs.

Proposals may be submitted by consortia consisting of at least one pri

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Alex Byamukama Am looking for project fund to achieve my target is 200 piglets after that I will also give homeless work mostly women and youthanyone can afford piglets needs.

1 year 10 months ago

Alex Byamukama My contacts: 0781 083 690 e-mail:

1 year 10 months ago

Nicole Metz dear Alex Byamukama, Interesting to read your pig breeding project is doing well. However, this type of initiative is NOT eligible for funding from the Applied Research Fund described in the post above. Possibly other interested parties could respond to your call for contacts. We wish you good luck with the breeding project. Best regards, Nicole Metz, AgriProFocus Netherlands.

1 year 10 months ago

Alexis MVUYEKURE Hi, I would like to prepare and submit a proposal but I need to partner with a Netherlands organization or private. Can you advise me on how I can get their contacts?

1 year 10 months ago

Nicole Metz Dear Alexis Mvuyekure, Thank you for your interest. In general, the best way to develop an eligible research consortium with both partners from your country (Burundi) and the Netherlands, is: a) start in your country first, finding the best Burundese partner(s) from practice or research to work with around the theme of your applied research; b) then contact relevant Dutch organisations or companies that are active in Burundi. You may ask your contacts in Burundi whether they are in touch with Dutch agencies. You may also get in touch with AgriProFocus Burundi to check whether they can give you some advice; c) Thereafter contact the headquarters of these Dutch organisations or companies, if applicable. I hope this helps? best regards, Nicole Metz (AgriProFocus, based in Netherlands)

1 year 10 months ago


Food & Business Applied Research Fund - Workshop

Event posted by in Ethiopia AgroEcology Platform
  07 April 2016, 09:00-12:30
  Global Hotel (on Debre Zeyt Road), Addis Ababa

AgriProFocus Ethiopia and the Netherlands-based Food & Business Knowledge Platform (F&BKP) invite you for a meeting on Thursday morning April 7th from 9- 12AM in Global Hotel, Addis Ababa about:

  • The 3rd Call for Proposals of the Food & Business Applied Research Fund
  • Exploring collaboration with the F&B Knowledge Platform on knowledge sharing and research in the field of food & nutrition security.

Frans Verberne, managing director of the F&BKP ( will present the outlines of the 3rd Call of the Applied Research Fund  which will be launched early April 2016.

The F&BKP would like to take this opportunity to explore collaboration with Ethiopian organizations working on food security to share your lessons learned with a wider international network of professionals working on food & nutrition security.

If you want to register for this event, please send your name(1), organisation(2), email address(3) and telephone number(4) to Meskerem Ritmeester, AgriProFocus linking & le

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