In many places around the world, Janneke has accompanied communities in struggles to protect their land and water, led advocacy campaigns and worked with farmers and other practitioners in documenting and strengthening their agroecology experiences. Janneke has undertaken research and analysis for various institutions including the FAO and Coventry University. She co-authored the book ‘Agroecology Now! Transformations towards more just and sustainable food systems‘ (2020, Palgrave McMillan) presenting a new agroecological transformation framework.
Janneke facilitated a range of international strategy, knowledge exchange and skill share processes. She loves designing learning processes, stimulating people to co-create, self-organise and harness their collective wisdom. These are aspects she also keenly highlights when she is editing Farming Matters magazine.
Janneke gained much experience through working with Friends of the Earth, Groundswell International and ILEIA. Besides her work with Cultivate!, Janneke is a part-time food policy advisor at a Dutch municipality, is active in the food sovereignty platform of the Netherlands and serves on the Board of Forest Peoples Programme.
Janneke holds an MSc in International Relations at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) and speaks English, Spanish, Dutch, French and German. She is trained as a facilitator in the Art of Hosting and Harvesting Meaningful Conversations.
As a student, Janneke set up environmental campaigns, and travelled to rural Nicaragua and Ghana. In the decades that followed, she worked with campaign groups around the world, spent time in Africa and Latin America and worked in Ecuador with her family for some time. Today, Janneke lives 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: Policy analysis; international strategy development; design of learning processes; group facilitation; editing.