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Strengthening natural systems 

For more than 40 years we have been developing knowledge for sustainable agriculture, nutrition and health – three areas that, in our view, are interconnected. The overarching themes of our work are nature-inclusive agriculture and positive health. Our projects are aimed at strengthening natural systems and processes, whether these relate to agricultural areas, soils, farms, patients, or urban neighbourhoods. We conduct our projects in close collaboration with stakeholders, resulting in participatory solutions that work in practice. This way, we contribute to health and vitality, resilient food systems, and a climate-proof, sustainable human environment.

Our observations, analyses and actions are based on the idea that processes and entities can only be understood in the context of interrelationships. This systems approach means that, rather than fixing seemingly isolated problems with partial solutions, we look at research questions in their proper context. This enables us to find comprehensive solutions that work in practice.

Firmly rooted in practice

Our principal clients include the Dutch ministry of Economic Affairs, the European Commission, the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development, provincial governments, water boards, nature conservation organisations, foundations, knowledge centres for e.g. Integrative Medicine and businesses, such as Heineken. They value our comprehensive vision of sustainable agriculture, nutrition and health, and our ability to come up with system-level solutions.

Our company profile

We are a mid-sized organisation for research and advice, founded in 1976 and based in Bunnik, the Netherlands. We work closely with the African partner organisation Agro Eco-Louis Bolk Institute in Accra (Ghana). Our systems approach, respect for the integrity of life, and participatory methodology are central pillars of our work.

Louis Bolk (1866-1930) was a Professor of Human Anatomy at the University of Amsterdam. "How much broader would be our view of life, if we could study it through reducing glasses?"

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        We at the Louis Bolk Institute understand that agriculture, nutrition and health are inextricably linked