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Max Merbis is a research associate at the Amsterdam Center for World Food Studies. In 2001, he became deputy director of the Centre for World Food Studies of the VU (SOW-VU) and in 2014 acting Director, until the end of the Centre in July 2016.

He obtained his PhD in 1986 at the Tilburg University. 


Max Merbis has long-term experience in studying issues related to the world food situation and food security with a focus on developing countries, including the impact of European agricultural policies and the WTO, the impact of biofuels and price volatility, the impact of rapidly changing demand patterns for meat and the prospects for smallholder farming. He participated in the modeling team that conducted of a number of impact analysis studies on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) of the EU, contributed to policy studies on the future of the CAP and advisory tasks to the European Commission, the European Parliament and Dutch Ministries. He participated in countries studies and coauthored policy studies for Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ukraine, China and the Middle East.

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Research Output 1996 2018

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

Unlocking Ukraine’s production potential

Keyzer, M. A., Merbis, M. D., Heyets, V., Borodina, O. & Prokopa, I., 2017, The Eurasian wheat belt and food security. Global and regional aspects. Gomez y Paloma, S., Mary, S., Langrell, S. & Ciaian, P. (eds.). New York: Springer International Publishing, p. 141-154

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademic

Farming and Rural Development in Ukraine: making dualisation work

Keyzer, M. A., Merbis, M. D., Witt, R., Heyets, V., Borodina, O. & Prokopa, I., 2013, Seville, Spain: European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for Prospective Technological Studies. 62 p. (JRC Scientific and Policy Reports)

Research output: Book / ReportReportProfessional

Activities 1997 2015

Conducting workshop and providing a series of lectures at the: Workshop on special data management

B.G.J.S. Sonneveld (Speaker), C.F.A. van Wesenbeeck (Speaker), B. Rabta (Speaker), M.D. Merbis (Speaker)
23 Nov 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Institutions and geography

M.D. Merbis (Speaker)
7 Oct 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

M.D. Merbis (Participant)
2 Jun 2015

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventExpert meetingSocietal

Conducting training and presenting a series of lectures at the workshop: Calibration stages of the water economy model

B.G.J.S. Sonneveld (Speaker), M.D. Merbis (Speaker), W.C.M. van Veen (Speaker), B. Rabta (Speaker)
1 May 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Press / Media

Liberalisering suikermarkt niet pijnloos

M.A. Keyzer & Max Merbis


1 media contribution

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