Mike Holland

Mike-HollandMike has over 30 years experience of long-term assignments and short missions on: project identification and design; and financial, personnel and technical management of large development projects and government departments. He is very much the generalist, with rural development expertise encompassing: social and technical aspects of soil and water conservation; environmental assessment; land-use and natural resource planning; farmer support services; smallholder crop and livestock production; livelihood systems; indigenous peoples’ development; small-scale irrigation; forestry and sawmill management. He is fluent in the Mauritian Creole language and has excellent Spanish


Emailmike.holland @ thenrgroup.net 

CV:  Holland EU CV

Country Experience:  Argentina, Cameroon, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Latvia, Lithuania, Mauritius, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Romania, Saint Helena, Slovak Republic, Tanzania, UK

Ian Watson

Ian Watson - Fisheries and Aquaculture Development

Ian Watson has over 30 years experience, overseas and UK, in aquaculture and fisheries development in both small and large-scale developments. He has been involved in the delivery of support services to aquaculture and fisheries: food safety (RSPH Level 3 HACCP), business training, marketing, product development, handling and distribution. He has provided support to institutional strengthening and policy development for government, mainly to Competent Authorities with a focus on fishery product food safety and the application of EU regulations for Third Countries, including dealing with EU IUU requirements. He also has extensive experience of the ornamental fish trade, focusing mainly on the role of ornamental fish collection in supporting livelihoods and ecolabelling of ornamental aquatics. Ian has experience of project identification, development and management, including post-project evaluation. He is involved in a range of research, currently centred on the ornamental fish trade but has previously worked on institutional development for research institutes and on molecular biological techniques for the detection of fish-borne trematodes.

Email:  ian.watson @ thenrgroup.net

CV:  Watson CV 2018

Country Experience:  Bangladesh, Bosnia-Herzegovina, China, Cook Islands, Ecuador, Egypt, Fiji, Germany, Guyana, India, Kiribati, Philippines, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Sri Lanka, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, Uganda, UK, Vietnam, W. Samoa, Zimbabwe

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Mark Ritchie

Mark Ritchie - Natural Resources Development Specialist

Mark has been involved in agricultural development worldwide, especially in Africa and Asia for over 30 years. In the last 15 years he has undertaken diverse consulting assignments in environmental impact assessment and in project evaluation for DFID, JICA, the EC, ADB, and the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, with a growing emphasis on developing resilience in the face of Climate Change. During 2011 he has been involved in an ex-post environmental impact assessment of the Malawi Government’s flagship agricultural programme, the Farm Input Subsidy Programme. In 2010 he collaborated with members of the Tropical Agriculture Association and the UK No-Till Alliance to prepare an Open Letter to the British Government, recommending a greater focus of attention and resources on Zero-Tillage. During 2009-2011 he worked with the HALO Trust to assist them in promoting linkages between mine clearance and development and enhancing understanding within the sector of the controversial concept of land release and the appropriate evaluation of mine clearance outputs and outcomes (see report). He has worked as an agricultural adviser with the Ministry of Agriculture for UNDP in East Timor (2004-5), led a locust management project for the Asian Development Bank in Kazakhstan (2001-2003) and a farming systems development project for DFID in Malawi (1996-2000). Mark has considerable experience in the management of interdisciplinary international project teams; participatory formulation and management of NR development projects with stakeholders; participatory development of on-farm crop and pest management technologies; institutional capacity building; design, organization and delivery of practical training courses; evaluation of development projects and project cycle management.

Emailmark.ritchie @ thenrgroup.net

CVMark Ritchie CV

Country Experience:  Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, China (PRC), Colombia, East Timor, Ecuador, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Côte d’Ivoire, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lesotho, Malawi, Mali, Mexico, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Peru, Senegal, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, UK, Uzbekistan, Zambia

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Wyn Richards

Wyn Richards -Livestock Systems

With a farming background, Wyn‘s approach to international development has a practical bias. He is a livestock systems specialist; he spent half of his 40 years in development in academia and research in Africa, Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe and the UK. The other half has been spent in research management, largely for FAO, FAO/IAEA, DFID and the Wellcome Trust. He is currently an independent consultant, working under the tradename of Livestock Development Practice. He specialises in: i) communications – training/transforming ‘shelf-based’ information on agricultural/livestock technologies/practices/processes into potential innovation of relevance to smallholders and their associated value chains; and ii) providing added value on technical and procedures issues for project proposals in the agricultural research for development field. He convenes an annual meeting of the inter agency donor group (IADG) on livestock production and animal health research for development to promote greater global collaboration and coordination.

Emailwyn.richards @ thenrgroup.net

CVWyn Richards – CV

Country Experience:  Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Paraguay, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Cuba; South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Ghana, Sierra Leone, The Gambia; Ukraine, Belarus, Russian Federation, Albania; Jordan, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka

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Jonathan Coulter

Jonathan Coulter - Agricultural value chains, Marketing systems.

Has assisted over thirty developing countries in the development of agricultural value chains, making findings more widely available through public presentations and publications. Has worked extensively in Sub-Saharan Africa (anglo- franco- and luso-phone), Latin America and southern Asia, for clients including the World Bank group, EU, DFID, UNCTAD, FAO, CFC, USAID, AFD, Swiss and Dutch Cooperation, FINNIDA, TechnoServe, CARE and various consulting companies. Has advised on policies and tested approaches through practical initiatives to improve the performance of marketing systems. His main areas of expertise are: policies and practicalities of developing agricultural commodity markets in southern countries; the organisation of warehouse receipt systems and inventory credit; farmer access to input supplies, financial services and markets, through cooperation and/or contract farming; the economics of post-harvest handling, and; new product development. Has contributed various policy and practitioner forums on managing food price stability in low income countries (for World Bank/DFID, in 2005, and Agence Française de Développement, 2009); on enhancing procurement of food aid commodities (WFP Rome, May 2007); on farmer cooperation in marketing (keynote speaker at IFPRI/CIAT workshop, Oct 2006); on agricultural trade finance (UNCTAD, FAO and House of Commons International Development Committee, various events since 1992); the Commission for Africa, and; the FAO Expert Consultation on Commodity Chain Models and the Role of Small Farmers in Staple Crop Value Chains (Nov 2011). His educational background covers economics, business management and marketing, and he is experienced in the preparation, financial and economic appraisal, management and evaluation of projects. Speaks Spanish (bilingual), French (fluent) and Portuguese (‘good enough to speak in public’).

Emailjonathan.coulter @ thenrgroup.net

CVJonathan Coulter -CV

Country Experience:  Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chad, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Ecuador, India, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Pakistan, Philippines, Senegal, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

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