TAA CV - Mr Timothy Kellock Roberts

Personal Information
Title: Mr TAA Member No: 782
Forenames: Timothy Kellock Year of Birth: 1943
Surname: Roberts Email Address: robtimk@btinternet.com

University Qualification & Completion Year
1966 University of the West Indies Diploma in Tropical Agriculture (DTA)
1965 Reading University B.Sc Agriculture

Career Summary
Having been brought up on a tenanted Duchy of Cornwall farm on the banks of the Tamar in Cornwall, my first posting following the DTA course in Trinidad was to Kenya. Initially as an extension officer with the Ministry of Agriculture in Meru District on the slopes of Mount Kenya on firstly crop production and then on Livestock as a member of the newly formed Animal Husbandry Division completing 5 years in post.During this time I met my wife Judy who was daughter of a settler farmer nearby and we were married in the small church at Timau near Nanyuki.
My next posting was to Baraton Animal Husbandry Research station in Nandi District in west Kenya for 3 years. Our first daughter was born just prior to leaving Kenya and after a brief spell in the UK whilst awaiting a new job we then set out for Costa Rica where my appointment was as farm manager for the British aided Central American School of Animal Production located in Atenas about 40km west of San Jose the capital. Establishing the farm with buildings, stock and workers took place over the next 5 years. Our second daughter was born during this time.
A short assignment with the World Bank in Kenya followed as Range Management Specialist in the Baringo Semi Arid Area Project before I moved prematurely to join the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC) being fortunate to manage one of their large scale farms in Kitale for 5 years. I then transferred to Nakuru to supervise the farms in the Molo uplands and around Nakuru.
In 1990 we moved to the ODA supported West Kilimanjaro Project supplying dairy breeding stock to small scale farmers. This was followed by 3 years in Malawi working on the National Livestock Development Project where my responsibility was for the dairy sector working from the Mikolongwe farm complex.
This was the end of long term contracts and working from our new home base in Bath I worked for various ngos on short term assignments. Countries worked in mainly on Livestock and Management issues included Belarus, North Korea, Mozambique, Brazil, Ethiopia and East Africa.
From 2010 my activities have been more limited but a priority has been on zero(strip) tillage in Kenya for small farmers. I continue to support small local charities including 'Send a Cow' and 'for-ethiopia'.
During the last 20 years I have attended meetings of the International Farm Management Association (IFMA)in Europe, Australia and Latin America. I have also been to the two most recent African Farm Management meetings organised under the IFMA umbrella in Nairobi and Capetown. At all these meetings I have given presentations on my current work which was mostly in Africa.
Though now semi retired I maintain a keen interest in agriculture both in the UK and overseas and actively participate in the TAA SW branch activities.  

Last Updated: 10/09/2016