The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) shut down its activities in December 2020 at the end of its mandate. The administrative closure of the Centre was completed in November 2021.

Jan Douwe van der Ploeg

Adjunct Professor of Rural Sociology, China Agricultural University and Wageningen University

Jan Douwe van der Ploeg is Professor Emeritus of Wageningen University and Adjunct Professor in Rural Sociology at the College of Humanities and Development Studies (COHD) of China Agricultural University (CAU) in Beijing.

Jan Douwe van der Ploeg


He was previously involved in designing parts of the European Rural Development Policy (also known as Pillar 2 of the Common Agricultural Policy). He is co-author of 'Investing in Smallholder Agriculture', the HLPE document of the Committee of World Food Security of FAO. On the request of the Secretary General of FAO he wrote, in the context of the International Year of Family Farming, 'Family Farming in Europe and Central Asia: History, Characteristics, Threats and Potentials', Working Paper no. 153, FAO/IPC-IG/UNDP, Brasilia (2016).


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  1. Dec 9

    Brussels Briefing 57: "Smallholder agriculture: key to food security/nutrition and sustainable food systems"

    The Brussels Briefing 57 on "Smallholder agriculture: key to food security/nutrition and sustainable food systems", organised by CTA, the European Commission/EuropeAid, discusses smallholder agriculture and its key role in delivering food security/nutrition, and sustainable food systems, as recognised in SDG 2.Examples of successes from smallholders in various sectors and value c…