Promotorof the following VlIR-Eigen Initiatieven projects (Proper Initiatives) (details can be obtained upon request)
Sri Lanka (1989 - 1999)
Ecuador (1994 - 1999)
Cuba (2000 – 2004; extended 2005)
India (2002 – 2006)
Benin (2003 – 2008)
Congo (2004 – 2006; extended till 2007)
Promotor of the following VlIR-Microprojects RDC (details can be obtained upon request)
Congo/Kisangani (2007 – 2009)
Promotor of the following VlIR-policy development project (Beleidsvoorbereidend onderzoek):
Linking small-scale farmers to commercial sector activities (August 2000-July 2001; research assistant: ir. Tinneke Dirckx)
Co-Promotor of the following VlIR-Eigen Initiatieven projects (Proper Initiatives) (see annexes for presentation and details)
China (1997 - 2000; promotor: Prof. Dr. ir. Erik Van Ranst, RUG)
Morocco (1998 - 2001, promotor: Prof. Dr. ir. Niko Koedam, VUB)
Cuba (2008 – 2013, promotor: Prof. Dr. ir. Roeland Samson, UAntwerpen/UGent)
Member of the Interfaculty Centre for Sustainable Development – UGent (Interfacultair Centrum voor Duurzame Ontwikkeling) (since April 1999); co-monitoring of the ‘sustainable development label’ development project (2002/2003); co-promotor of the VlIR-financed BVO on ‘Ecological debt’ (2003/2004).
Member of the Institute for Plant Biotechnology for Developing Countries – UGent (Instituut voor plantenbiotechnologie voor ontwikkelingslanden) (since 2000
Monitoring of MSc and Ph.D. students’ research projects (see infra).
follow-up of a number of CEC-financed research projects (see annexes for details)
follow-up of a number of ABOS-financed and VlIR-monitored research projects (see annexes for details)
consultant for a number of (inter)national official organisations (IFAD, World Bank, Asian Development Bank, FAO,…; SNV (Dutch cooperation)…), and Belgian/international NGOs.
Through the activities of project/programme development and execution/monitoring/evaluation, extensive experience has been acquired with document writing, and preparation of proposal documents using logframe, ZOPP and such techniques. Programme costing, and cost/benefit and financial analyses are performed on a routine basis where needed (using COSTAB and COSTBEN).
Since its creation in 1993, I have been actively involved in the Network of European Agricultural [Tropically and Subtropically Oriented] Universities and Scientific Complexes Related with Agricultural (NATURA, http://www.natura.agropolis.fr/), first a simple representative of the University Gent in the General Assembly, and then as a board member (2003 - ) representing Belgium. NATURA’s mandate covers the following objectives:
To develop concerted actions in the field of tropical and subtropical agriculture, forestry, food and human nutrition and veterinary medicine between the European member institutions and partners in developing countries.
To promote the institutional reinforcement of universities and national research centres, partners of developing countries.
To allow mobilisation of funds to reach these objectives.
In the framework of NATURA’s NECTAR programme, course modules have been developed covering the following topics:
Land tenure and land reform, credit policy and economic policy reforms and their environmental impact: an integrated analysis towards more sustainability (one day module; NECTAR 5 programme) (1998)
Theories of Rural Development (2 days’ module prepared together with Eamon Lennigan; NECTAR 6 programme: Agricultural economics and rural development; module 5: Resource economics and rural development; week 4: Rural Development Strategies) (1998)
Throughout NATURA’s existence, I have been involved in multiple project proposal writing exercises, and monitoring of activities, including monitoring of implementation of research programmes, curriculum building and evaluation,…
January 1992 - September 1992
Doctor-Assistant (Lecturer, Assistant Professor) at the Laboratory of Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture, Crop Husbandry, Rural Economy and Sociology, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Gent, Belgium.
For task description: see following part.
January 1984 till December 1991
Research assistant and Assistant Professor (October 1989 - December 1991) at the Laboratory of Tropical and Subtropical Agriculture, Crop Husbandry, Rural Economy and Sociology, Faculty of Agronomical Sciences, University of Gent, Belgium.
Fundamental and applied research in the field of plant physiology (vegetables and desert plants), farming systems, and socio-economy.
Teaching in tropical plant husbandry, planning and socio-economic evaluation of projects, and extension: courses at the faculty of Agricultural Sciences (from 1989/1990 onwards):
Rural Economy, part II (90 hours theory + 60 hours practical work);
General Agronomy (30 hours theory + 15 practical work);
Tropical Crop Husbandry, Partim Annual Crops (45 hours theory + 15 hours practical work);
Tropical Crop Husbandry, Partim Perennial Crops (30 hours theory + 15 practical work);
Rural Extension (30 hours theory);
Economy of the Developing Countries (15 hours theory);
Introduction to Plant Production Principles (15 hours theory ; lic. food and dietary sciences);
Agrarian Sociology of the Subtropical and Tropical Regions (30 hours theory).
Courses nrs 1 to 12 were taught during the academic year 1989/90; courses 1, 2, 3, 5 (partim), 6, 7, 8, 10 and 11 were taught during 1990/91 and 1991/92. All courses taught in Dutch (English translation available), except course 3 which was taught in English.
Course at the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp (from 1991/92), Economic Problems of Third World Countries an introduction (15 hours theory) (in French).
Monitoring of the practicals for the above mentioned courses (from 1983/1984 onwards)
Monitoring of MSc thesis students (approx. 10 per year).
Follow-up and co-ordination of rural development and research projects in Togo (rural development; NGO Vredeseilanden), Rwanda (rural development; NGO Vredeseilanden), Senegal (rural development; NGO Vredeseilanden), Namibia (research; CEC financing), Senegal (research; CEC financing), Togo (research; CEC financing) and Sri Lanka (research and teaching; ABOS financing; see annexes 1–5).