This is an outline of work while employed
by FAO Regional Office for ASIA and the Pacific, Thailand. A pdf file
with full details can be downloaded or viewed here.
Undertook design, sought
funding and supervised implementation of industrial and horticultural
crop projects, studies
and feasibilities in Asia/Pacific region, worth in excess of US$
16.7 million. Crops included coffee, coconut, black pepper, rubber,
oil seeds, tropical fruits, vegetables and flowers, medicinal and
aromatic plants. (Project Details in Annex I).
Undertook more than 70 field missions, in Asia/Pacific developing countries,
involving industrial and high value crop reviews, sector studies, project
identification, project design, project feasibility studies, monitoring
and evaluation, and implementation support.
Developed key thematic work areas in the FAO Regional Strategic Framework
to meet industrial crop needs and priorities of developing countries in
the region and in particular smallholder farmers. Viz. Coffee Quality Improvement
and Ochratoxin Prevention in Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and Lao; Virgin
Coconut Oil Production; Bio-fuel/Bio-energy Crops for Asia/Pacific; Interactive
IT packages of Technology for High Value Crops; Matching Plants to Land;
Sector and Feasibility Studies, and Project Formulation on Oil Palm including
Cold tolerant Oil Palm; On-farm Black and White Pepper Production and Quality
Improvement and Smallholder Marketing; Bio-control of Coconut Hispid Beetle
in 6 countries with consequent savings in lost production and tree death
estimated at USD70 million per year.
Participated in rehabilitation of East Timor (Timor Leste) and helped design
and operationalise their National Development Plan for the Agriculture Sector
and coffee and coconut projects and small storage silos.
Participated in Task Forces on Industrial Crop/Horticultural/Food Crop
and project design issues and provided advice to all member countries of
FAO in Asia/Pacific as and when required.
Produced various publications, papers, manuals etc., and gave presentations
to key international meetings on industrial and horticultural crops. (See
separate Publications List).