In many places around the world, Janneke has accompanied communities in struggles to protect their land, forests and water, led advocacy campaigns, helped NGOs develop program strategies and worked with farmers and other practitioners in documenting and strengthening their agroecology experiences. Janneke has undertaken food systems research and analysis for various institutions including the FAO, Groundswell International and Coventry University. She co-authored the book ‘Agroecology Now! Transformations towards more just and sustainable food systems‘ (2021, Palgrave McMillan) presenting a new food systems transformation framework.
Janneke facilitated a range of international strategy, knowledge exchange and skill share processes. She loves designing playful learning processes, stimulating people to co-create, self-organise and harness their collective wisdom. Janneke is a skilled facilitator, and her approach is rooted in the Art of Hosting and Harvesting Meaningful Conversations.
Besides her work with Cultivate!, Janneke is a part-time food policy advisor at Wageningen municipality, where she supports a regional network of food producers and citizens, and organizes for access to healthy food. She is also an active member of the agroecology platform of the Netherlands. Janneke serves on the Board of Forest Peoples Programme and on the Professional Field Committee for the Master of Organic Agriculture at Wageningen University. Previously, Janneke worked with Friends of the Earth International, ILEIA and Action Aid.
Janneke holds an MSc in International Relations at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) and speaks English, Dutch, Spanish, French and German.
Janneke has spent considerable time in various places in Africa, Latin America and Asia and lived in Ecuador with her family. Today, Janneke resides in a co-housing arrangement in the Netherlands and enjoys harvesting her own vegetables and honey from a community plot. Janneke also volunteers with a migrant support organisation.
Expertise: Food system transitions and transformations; power, governance and self-organisation; decolonialism; movement building and regional food webs.
Skills: International strategy development; design of learning processes; group facilitation; policy analysis; editing.