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- Associate Professor
Dr B. Sonneveld (FALW, Athena Institute) is a senior researcher at the Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies of the VU University Amsterdam. He worked in Indonesia for the International Institute for Land Reclamation and Improvement, from 1985 to 1987 and was employed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) from 1987 until 1992 where he worked in land and water development projects in Latin America. For his PhD thesis he received the AIID/World Bank Thesis Award and he won the price of ‘Best Paper’ on Land Degradation in Africa in a competition organized by the Journal Land Degradation and Development. His study on adaptation to climate change in Benin was selected as an example by CGIAR’s Climate Smart Agriculture. Sonneveld publishes articles in leading natural resource management and ecological economic journals. A central topic of his research is the modeling of the relation between land quality and agricultural production and eco-services. Sonneveld has a successful acquisition record and ample experience in managing research projects in Latin America, Asia, Middle East and Africa. Currently he coordinates projects on nomadic pastoralists in the Afar Region, Ethiopia, a water economy project in the Jordan River Basin with partners in Jordan, Lebanon and the Palestine Territories and an inland fishery and allotment garden project in Benin. Sonneveld supervises various PhD candidates and likes to teach and develop study projects with graduate and undergraduate students