TAA CV - Mr Antony Ellman

Personal Information
Title: Mr TAA Member No: 286
Forenames: Antony Year of Birth: 1939
Surname: Ellman Email Address: antony@ellman.org.uk

University Qualification & Completion Year
1962 Oxford University BA Hons Agriculture
1963 Oxford University MA Agriculture
1967 LondonSchool of Economics Diploma, Social Anthropology
1989 Henley Management College Certificate, Finance for Managers

Career Summary
My first job after graduating in agriculture was from 1962-1966 with the Tanzania Government, as Assistant Manager then Manager of two smallholder co-operative farming schemes which pioneered new agricultural technologies and new forms of farmer organisation. From 1967-1970 I continued to work in Tanzania as Agricultural Planner in the Ministry of Rural Development, initiating and supporting small farmer schemes in all regions of the country.

In 1971-1972 I worked in Ethiopia for ODA and UNHCR, planning agricultural resettlement schemes in Tigray and Illubabor Provinces. Then from 1972 to 1976 I was employed by FAO at the Agrarian Research and Training Institute in Sri Lanka, responsible for research, advice and training on the rehabilitation of tea, rubber and coconut plantations by small farmer beneficiaries of the Governments land reform programme.

I returned to England in 1976 to put my children through school, and for the next 18 years held two London-based jobs with frequent overseas assignments in some 45 developing countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America, Caribbean and South Pacific. The first job was in the Food Production and Rural Development Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat (1976-1984), running training and advisory programmes on planning and management of agricultural and irrigation schemes in almost every country of the Commonwealth. The second was as Smallholder Specialist in the Natural Resources Department of the Commonwealth Development Corporation (1985-1996), researching and advising farmer organisations and agricultural staff in smallholder projects supported by CDC worldwide.

Between these 2 jobs I worked in Ethiopia for Oxfam and FAOs Freedom from Hunger Campaign, on agricultural rehabilitation following the appalling drought and famine of 1984-1985. As result of this experience I became agricultural adviser to Bob Geldof and the Band Aid Trust from 1985-1996, helping to make good use of the 160 million raised through the Band Aid and Live Aid concerts.

I returned to Tanzania from 1994-1996 as manager of a pilot smallholder tea and forestry project in the Usambara Mountains, and then took early retirement when CDC dropped agriculture (particularly smallholder agriculture) from its portfolio.

Since 1996 I have operated as a freelance consultant working for DFID, USAID, Oxfam, FAO, WHO, Fairtrade Labelling Organisation, Dutch and Belgian aid agencies and several other organisations, mainly on small farmer production systems and access to markets, particularly fair-trade markets. Recently I have specialised in the Chinese medicinal plant Artemisia annua (source of the front line antimalarial drug artemisinin see article in Ag4Dev No 19), undertaking consultancies on the subject in China, Vietnam, India, Madagascar and East Africa.

In 2004 I joined the committee of the Tropical Agriculture Association Award Fund, and since 2008 I have been Chairman of the Award Fund and a member of the TAA Executive Committee.


Last Updated: 07/09/2016