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Vernooy, Ronnie

Genetic Resources Policy Specialist

Ronnie Vernooy, a Dutch national, joined Bioversity International in October 2011. He has worked on questions related to the conservation and sustainable use of agricultural biodiversity for more than 25 years in countries such as China, Colombia, Cuba, Honduras, Mongolia, Nepal, Nicaragua and Vietnam.

His work focuses on the policy and legal aspects of the safeguarding and sustainable use of plant genetic resources, both ex situ and in situ, from local to international levels. One topic of particular interest is community seedbanks (as a form of collective action) and their roles in providing voice and choice to farmers to keep local crop diversity and associated knowledge in own hands and alive.

From 1992 until 2010, he was a program officer specializing in community-based natural resource management with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada.

From 2005 to 2010, he was an adjunct professor at the College of Humanities and Development of China Agricultural University in Beijing teaching community-based natural resource management. Before joining Bioversity International, from October 2010 to September 2011, he lived and worked in Mongolia providing support to the development of community-based climate change adaptation and disaster risk management strategies.

He has expertise in participatory action research including monitoring and evaluation, social and gender analysis, and capacity development. He has written and edited, jointly with research partners, briefs, papers, articles, book-chapters and books in English, Spanish, French, Chinese and Mongolian.

Since August 2017, he is being hosted as a Bioversity International researcher and collaborator by the Centre for Development Innovation of Wageningen University and Research, in the Netherlands.



PhD, Sociology of rural development, Wageningen Agricultural University, Holland

MSc (Cum Laude), Sociology of rural development, Wageningen Agricultural University, Holland

Publication highlights:

Joshi, B.K.; Chaudhary, P.; Upadhya, D.; Vernooy, R. (eds.) (2016) Implementing the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture in Nepal: Achievements and challenges. Local Initiatives for Biodiversity, Research and Development, Pokhara, Nepal; Nepal Agricultural Research Council and Ministry of Agricultural Development, Kathmandu, Nepal; and Bioversity International, Rome, Italy

Vernooy, R., Sthapit, B. and Bessette, G. (2017) Community seed banks: concept and practice. Facilitator manual. Bioversity International, Rome and Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Pretoria. 

Ghimiray, M. and Vernooy, R. (2017) The importance and challenges of crop germplasm interdependence: the case of Bhutan. Food Security 9(2): 301-310.