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Study to a Dutch Chapter of the Ethiopian Jobs Compact

On behalf of the Netherlands Embassy, Resilience conducted a study to the opportunities of employment with Dutch investments in Ethiopia for refugees from neighboring countries (South-Sudan, Eritrea and Somalia). This was done in the context of a Jobs Compact developed for Ethiopia in which thousands of refugees are going to be employed and the Netherlands was asked how it could add employment opportunities through a so-called “Dutch Chapter”. For the study Resilience interviewed all potential stakeholders involved, including Dutch investors, refugees, relevant government bodies, civil society etc. next to desk study and other research methods.


 Technical and Project Management support to Ethiopia Netherlands Trade for Agricultural Growth (ENTAG)

 Resilience provides project management and technical support to the ENTAG project in Ethiopia. This project is part of the larger Wageningen-UR managed BENEFIT partnership which started in January 2016 and will run for four years. We support Ethiopian agribusiness SMEs and Dutch investors through a front office & technical and legal support, an innovation funds, business platforms, trade missions & matchmaking, an internship program, support to Private Sector Associations and Social Impact Assessments. Moreover, Resilience facilitates and implements on-demand assignments from the Trade & Aid Department of the Netherlands Embassy, for example through the study “Investing in Ethiopia – the Dutch experience”, support to a regional Investment Commission, an overview of financial instruments and an assessment of Ethiopian consultancy companies.

Action research on farmer-led irrigation development in Mozambique (ARF-NWO)

Action research on farmer-led irrigation development in Mozambique (ARF-NWO)

Resilience BV is in the lead for the Food & Business Applied Research Fund, partnering with Wageningen University and the Instituto Superior Polytechnico de Manica, in Mozambique. The project targets the co-production of innovative research and assesses methodologies for farmer-led irrigation development. In addition, the project will provide recommendations for effective strategies and tools that foster the potential of smallholder farmers to engage with the private and public sector.

Sustainable irrigation development project in Mozambique (PROIRRI )

Resilience BV is a partner in the consortium financed by the World Bank and supplies tailor-made training projects. The projects involve staff of higher education institutes and national irrigation technicians on small- and medium-sized irrigation designs. The course includes modules on participatory design tools; the technical design; operations and maintenance; as well as elements on the irrigated production systems; as well as government regulations and land rights.

Farmer Led Irrigation Development in Mozambique (MIPP)

 Resilience engages with smallholder farmers in Central Mozambique to catalyze the farmer-led irrigation development efforts. The activities range from large-scale rice floodplain irrigation, and medium-scale furrow irrigation systems in the mountainous areas; to smaller pumped systems from rivers and lakes.

West Africa Fruit - Scoping Study


Resilience coordinated a study on the fruit sectors of Ghana and Ivory Coast in 2015-2016. The study was contracted by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency and the Netherlands Embassy in Accra and developed detailed value-chain analyses for banana, pineapple, mango and coconuts. The methodology combined quantitative cost price analyses with benchmarking from Costa Rica and included qualitative value-chain analyses for production, processing and logistics. The results of the study will inform existing Dutch supported projects on their activities and expansion plans. 

Myanmar’s Dry Zone - Seed Sector Development Project

Resilience is currently working together with the World Bank and IFC in Myanmar to assist local seed businesses, the quality assurance system and a number of government seed farms in the Dry Zone. Before, we were involved in two exploratory studies, including a full-fledged integrated seed sector assessment and detailed seed farm analysis. Detailed support activities are designed to provide technical assistance to emerging domestic seed companies and the reform of public seed farms.

Rwanda Integrated Seed Sector Development Study & Private Sector Support Study

Resilience executed two seed sector studies for the Netherlands Embassy in Kigali. The studies included an analysis of the institutional landscape, the opportunities for local seed business and the existing regulatory environment in Rwanda. The study provided recommendations for the Netherlands Embassy on potential interventions to strengthen Rwanda’s private seed sector. Resilience partnered with Wageningen UR-CDI and the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) for this study.

Ethiopia – Legumes Integrated Value-Chain Study

 Resilience developed a study for a number of legume value-chains in Ethiopia. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation commissioned the study with the aim of receiving advise on their future interventions. The study was carried out with a number of local Universities and in a highly interactive way with a number of focus group discussions and feedback sessions. The resulting value-chain and cost price analyses were made for six leguminous crops: soybean, faba bean, haricot bean, lentils, chickpea and groundnut.

Evaluate development in “3R alternatives” of animal testing: Replacement, Reduction and Refinement”

Resilience was subcontracted to help execute an evaluation of the research funding program “Meer Kennis met Minder Dierproeven” (More Knowledge with Fewer Animals), that aims at stimulating the development in “3R alternatives” of animal testing: Replacement, Reduction and Refinement”. The study was contracted by the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development and in collaboration with Technopolis Group. The methodology combined a portfolio and social network analysis, interviews, and an analysis of project and internal documentation. In a second project executed together with Technopolis Group “Analyse business case alternatieven voor dierproeven” (Analysis business case alternatives for animal experiments), we developed a policy advice with possibilities for alternatives to animal experiments for the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Three scenario’s earlier developed by experts were analysed and further developed to get more insight into their feasibility. The analysis was based on the results of a literature study, an extensive survey, expert interviews and expert workshops.  

Evaluating Agricultural Practices of SAB Miller’s Suppliers in Zambia

 Resilience has evaluated the malt barley value-chains of SAB Miller and its stakeholders’ business models. SAB Miller aims to minimize its impact on the environment by helping their suppliers to apply good agricultural practices. In addition, SAB Miller aims at improving working conditions for their suppliers and their workers. The study came up with specific recommendations for improving the efficiency, productivity and sustainability of the chains. 

Linking Smallholders to Markets in Unilever’s Supply Chains

 Resilience has supported Unilever and Oxfam GB in the Sunrise 2.0 program. Resilience contributed to the understanding of how sustainable trading relationships between multinationals and smallholder farmers can be maintained and improved. Specifically, Resilience is involved in the value-chain studies and farming system’s analysis, the chains included sisal in Tanzania and tea in Kenya.