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DescriptionSenior Scientist Impact Evaluation, Value Chains and Food Systems
OrganizationWageningen Economic Research
Organization UnitInternational Policy
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Fedes van Rijn is senior scientist in Impact Evaluation Value Chains and Food Systems at Wageningen Economic Research.

She has a strong track record in the evaluation of agricultural research and development, private sector support and sustainability standards in tropical value chains. Her specialization is in the development, implementation and analysis of quantitative and mixed methods impact evaluations. She has extensive experience in field research and stakeholder consultation in multicultural and multi-stakeholder settings.

As a senior scientist she supervises and develops high quality impact evaluation methodologies. Fedes collaborates with multinational, multidisciplinary teams that conduct research on issues like smallholder farmer livelihoods, living wage and working conditions, inclusive value chain development and private sector development.

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Pioneering Real-time Impact Monitoring and Evaluation (PRIME): The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries (CBI), the Foundation Netherlands Senior Experts (PUM), Wageningen Economic Research, and the Erasmus School of Economics (ESE) develop a joint programme to pioneer impact evaluation methods of interventions that support small and medium enterprises in developing countries. The PRIME programme is designed to develop an approach that enables the impact of PUM and CBI to be tracked while at the same time giving both organisations more insight into their interventions and the opportunity to learn about how they can manage for greater impact.

Social Sustainability in the Banana Sector in the Dominican Republic. Value Chain Analysis for Development (VCA4D) is four year project in which experts evaluate the performance of internacional value chain according to a holistic and interdisciplinary methodology looking at the pillars of sustainability. The request came from EU Delegations and partners in conjunction with DEVCO. I am responsible for the a social analysis with the VCA4D project in Dominican Republic using literature review, interviews and focus group sessions to gain insight into social sustainability in terms of working conditions, food and nutrition security, gender equality, land and water rights, social capital and livelihoods. These analyses will provide evidence-based information to help them invest in value chains and inform policy dialogue.

Sustainability in the Cocoa Chain. I am currently involved in three projects that aim to increase the sustainability in the cocoa supply chain (economic, social and environmental sustainability). One projects identifies the impact of a company‚Äôs policy to make the supply chain more transparent. The second focuses on the contribution of voluntary certification to farm household well-being. The third project evaluates an extensive pilot implemented by a large trader to establish the most effective and efficient ways to have sustainable supply chains by 2020.

Enhancing export competiveness in the avocado sector in Kenya: the evaluation of NTF-III. The rigorous impact evaluation in Kenya will follow a matched difference in difference design in a sample of avocado farm-household that were supported (directly or indirectly) in quality improvement to meet the export requirements and a comparable group of non-supported farm-households.

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