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Lia van Wesenbeeck is director of the Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies and hence responsible for the management and coordination of the day-to-day activities of the Centre. She also is senior lecturer at Amsterdam University College. Before, she was a senior researcher at the SOW-VU and obtained her PhD in 2000 at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

She publishes in peer reviewed journals and books, provides advice to policy makers, gives guest lectures at several Dutch Universities, co-supervises a PhD student and serves on various national and international committees in the area of FNS. Among others, she has been the Dutch expert at the Round Table on monitoring food security (Rome September 2011), served on the Platform Food Security of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands, Agriculture and Innovation and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2011-2013), and is Chair of the International Advisory Committee for the Global Challenges Program of the Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research (NWO/WOTRO) since 2013.



Lia van Wesenbeeck is an expert in general equilibrium theory and applications, in particular focusing on the inclusion of institutions that facilitate cooperation between agents within or outside markets, and the modelling of price formation through negotiations and auction mechanisms. She also has extensive experience in spatially explicit statistical analysis of survey and map data, and profiling of vulnerable groups. She has been the principal researcher in the project “Trucks and tomatoes, prospective development scenarios for the horticulture sector in Burkina Faso, with INERA, Burkina Faso, 2007-2008, as well as in a SOW-VU/WFP project to design a data repository of the food economy of Sub-Saharan Africa, 2007-2010. She was the team leader of SOW-VU in the EU 7th Framework project “CLIMAFRICA”, on the impacts of climate change on the African continent and project team leader of  “Autonomy, partnership and beyond, a counterfactual analysis of policy coherence for Ghana”, a study commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands, 2013-2014. Currently, she coordinates a NWO/CCAFS study on upscaling climate smart agriculture in the Nyando River Basin, Kenya

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meat Earth & Environmental Sciences
climate change Earth & Environmental Sciences
food security Earth & Environmental Sciences
food Earth & Environmental Sciences
hunger Earth & Environmental Sciences
agroindustry Earth & Environmental Sciences
environmental policy Earth & Environmental Sciences
fodder Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 1996 2019

Inclusive agribusiness under climate change: a brief review of the role of finance

Oostendorp, R., van Asseldonk, M., Gathiaka, J., Mulwa, R., Radeny, M., Recha, J., Wattel, C. & van Wesenbeeck, L., 1 Dec 2019, In : Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 41, p. 18-22 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalReview articleAcademicpeer-review

climate change

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

Disentangling urban and rural food security in West Africa

van Wesenbeeck, C. F. A., May 2018, Paris: OECD Publishing. 32 p. (OECD West African Papers; no. 15)

Research output: Book / ReportBookAcademicpeer-review

food security
rural area
urban area

Identifying Hot Spots of Critical Forage Supply in Dryland Nomadic Pastoralist Areas: A Case Study for the Afar Region, Ethiopia

Sonneveld, B. G. J. S., Keyzer, M. A., van Wesenbeeck, C. F. A., Georgis, K., Beyene, F., Urbano, F., Meroni, M., Leo, O., Yimer, M. & Abdullatif, M., 18 Nov 2017, In : Land. 6, 4, p. 1-31 31 p., 82.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
geographical distribution
Sub-Saharan Africa
climate change
case studies
food security

Activities 2002 2016

Press / Media

Ghana Television

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