dr. ir. B.G.J.S. Sonneveld

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Dr. B. Sonneveld (FALW, Athena Institute) is a senior researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies of the VU University Amsterdam. He worked in Indonesia for the International Institute for Land Reclamation and Improvement, from 1985 to 1987 and was employed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) from 1987 until 1992, where he worked in land and water development projects in Latin America.

Sonneveld has a successful acquisition record and ample experience in managing research projects in Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Currently he coordinates projects on nomadic pastoralists in the Afar Region, Ethiopia, a water economy project in the Jordan River Basin with partners in Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestine Territories and an inland fishery and allotment garden project in Benin. 


Sonneveld publishes articles in leading natural resource management and ecological economic journals. A central topic of his research is the modeling of the relation between land quality and agricultural production and eco-services. 


Sonneveld supervises various PhD candidates and likes to teach and develop study projects with graduate and undergraduate students.

Prizes and Awards

For his PhD thesis he received the AIID/World Bank Thesis Award and he won the price of ‘Best Paper’ on Land Degradation in Africa in a competition organized by the Journal Land Degradation and Development. His study on adaptation to climate change in Benin was selected as an example by CGIAR’s Climate Smart Agriculture. 

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Universal Soil Loss Equation Earth & Environmental Sciences
Ethiopia Agriculture & Biology
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crop production Earth & Environmental Sciences
natural resource Earth & Environmental Sciences
water erosion Earth & Environmental Sciences
West Bank Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 1996 2019

How to transition from cooperations to cooperatives: A case study of the factors impacting the organization of urban gardeners in Benin

Houessou, D. M., Sonneveld, B. G. J. S., Aoudji, A. K. N., Thoto, F. S., Dossou, S. A. R., Snelder, D. J. R. M., Adegbidi, A. A. & de Cock Buning, T., 21 Aug 2019, In : Sustainability (Switzerland). 11, 17, p. 1-25 25 p., 4528.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access

The tragedy of the inland lakes

Sonneveld, B., Thoto, F., Houessou, D. & van Wesenbeeck, L., 2019, In : International Journal of the Commons. 13, 1, p. 609-636 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
wage labor

NBS [Nature-based solutions] for managing water availability

Sonneveld, B. G. J. S., Alfarra, A. & Turton, A., 2018, The United Nations World Water Development Report 2018: Nature-based solutions for water. Editions UNESCO, p. 37-50 24 p. (World Water Development Report (WWDR); vol. 2018).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterProfessional

The future of date palm cultivation in the Lower Jordan Valley of the West Bank

Sonneveld, B. G. J. S., Marei, A., Merbis, M. D. & Alfarra, A., Jul 2018, In : Applied Water Science. 8, p. 1-12 12 p., 113.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
West Bank
Phoenix dactylifera
degree of organization

Activities 1997 2015