Event posted by in AgriProFocus Netherlands
  01 November 2018, 16:30-18:30
  AgriProFocus Utrecht

Curious to know how long it takes to get to the nearest city from anywhere on Earth?

Cities are a vital pathway to food and nutrition security. The Global Accessibility Map reveals how easy it is for people in different areas to access these resources - and that many people, especially in developing countries, often have to spend long hours to meet their basic needs.

Join us when Andy Nelson - Professor of Spatial Agriculture and Food Security at the University of Twente - presents this suprising and innovative visualisation of worldwide accessibility.

Nelson was asked in 2008 by the World Bank to calculate the number of people who lived within one hour travel time of a city.

‘I didn’t stop at one hour from a city, I kept going and ended up with a global map, which received a lot of attention. It was a completely new visualization of how connected we are,’ says Nelson. ‘We improved the quality of the map thanks to big advances in the available information and means, which we had at our di

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 9 August 2018 at 10:17

Investing in local business

Interesting blog by Marcel Vernooij (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, NL) including links to key instruments of the Dutch government to facilitate African and Asian SMEs

"The private sector is the engine of economic growth. As The Netherlands, we support local entrepreneurs in developing economies. We assist companies to grow, while facilitating better conditions for companies to do business, create jobs and deliver products to markets in a responsible manner. Rosejoy restaurants in Ghana is an excellent example how smaller companies, with tailor-made support, serve consumers and drive economic growth, enabling people to earn their own living. "

Link to the full blog:

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Posted By in AgriProFocus Netherlands
Posted 16 September 2015 at 07:39

What can geo-information do for you?

I had no idea what the possibilities of geo-data and spatial information were. Well, yesterday I learned; they are endless! And our newest AgriProFocus member in The Netherlands, ITC, can tell us all about it.

We (Roel, Rolf and myself) visited the vibrant faculty of the University of Twente on the day around 120 new students arrived, coming from 70 different countries. Our main question was: ‘What can ITC, as a knowledge institute, bring to the members of the AgriProFocus network and what would you like to get out of it?’

Become a student  

Tom Loran, Course Director at ITC explains us: “ITC is recognized for its achievements in teaching, research and capacity development in the field of geo-information and earth observation. Students are trained to be professionals, capable of acquiring knowledge and translating this into practical applications for solving problems aroud food security, water or soils.” If you are interested in knowing mo

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