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 their own experiences. Janneke has undertaken research 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).
Janneke is a co-founder of the Dutch food sovereignty platform Voedsel Anders. Living in Ecuador in 2016-2017, she provided strategic advice for a nation-wide campaign to promote agroecology and responsible food consumption. She also facilitated a range of international strategy, knowledge exchange and skill share meetings using principles of co-creation, self organisation and collective wisdom.
Janneke gained much experience through working with Friends of the Earth, Groundswell International and ILEIA. She is currently a part-time food policy advisor at a Dutch municipality. She holds an MSc in International Relations at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) and has spent considerable time in Africa and Latin America. Janneke speaks English, Spanish, Dutch, French and German.
Her commitment to making change started when as a child Janneke became aware of the woes of industrial food production. As a student, she set up environmental campaigns and joined a solidarity brigade to rural Nicaragua. Today, Janneke lives with her family in a co-housing arrangement in the Netherlands and enjoys harvesting her own healthy vegetables. Janneke also recently took up beekeeping and volunteers with a migrant support organisation.
Janneke likes to go by the words of Lila Watson, an Australian Indigenous woman: “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us walk together.”