|John Wibberley is married to Jane since 1969, with two married sons and six grandchildren. He graduated from the University of Reading, UK, in agriculture where he subsequently researched for his Masters (MSc & MA) and Doctorate - and in theology (MTh,London School of Theology. In 1987, John was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Agricultural Societies (FRAgS) for outstanding work in agronomy and extension among farmers in the UK (having gained Associateship ARAgS in 1983 for his work on spring wheat). He is a Nuffield Farming Scholar (NSch) and studied the survival of family-worked dairy farms in seven countries as a Trehane Scholar in 1988. He was awarded Fellowship of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) in 2010 in recognition of his work in commercial and field geography related to international agriculture and rural development. He is a Professor of Comparative Agriculture & Rural Extension, and an independent Resource Management Consultant working in the UK and overseas, especially in Africa.
He began lecturing at Askham Bryan College, York in 1969, became Head of Applied Science at Berkshire College of Agriculture in 1970 and then served as Head of Agriculture at Gindiri, N. Nigeria in 1975 and 1976 before returning to lecture at Cirencester where he became Head of Agriculture at the Royal Agricultural College (now University) until 1989 when he set up his own business REALM (Rural Extension Agriculture Land Management).
John was a Visiting Fellow 1989-99, and is - since 1999, a Visiting Professor at The Royal Agricultural University (RAU) Cirencester. From 1995-98, he was Adjunct Professor in Rural Extension at the University of Guelph, Canada, and from 1994-2004 Visiting Fellow in International & Rural Development at the University of Reading, UK. He has lectured at numerous other universities in the UK and overseas. John has been a Faculty Member of HRH The Prince of Waless Summer School on Food & Farming since its inception in 2007.
John served in RURCON (an otherwise all-African team of Christian Development leaders established in 1971) as part-time CEO & Coordinator of the RURCON Communications Unit UK from 1996 to 2013, and is now a RURCON Associate. He was National Chairman of the UK Farm Crisis Network now Farming Community Network - (FCN) from 1998-2003, during which time it gained registration as a charity and limited company; he now chairs FCN in Devon. Since 2000 to date, he is Hon. Secretary & part-time CEO of CARAS (Council for Awards of Royal Agricultural Societies of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland & Wales) which seeks to recognise outstanding contributions to agricultural and rural progress within the UK through awards of Associateship (ARAgS) and Fellowship (FRAgS). John was on Tearfund UK Overseas Development Committee from 1977-89 and also on several Boards, including Long Ashton, Bristol University (1986-89); African Enterprise (UK) since 1995 to date; Redcliffe College, Gloucester (1997-2009); Bicton Overseas Agricultural Trust (BOAT, 2004-2011 and is now an Hon. Associate of BOAT); Lee Abbey Devon (2009-13); as a Secretary of State Appointee on Exmoor National Park Authority since 2008 (where he also chaired The Exmoor Hill Farm Project 2009-13 which developed the ongoing Exmoor Hill Farming Network); and as a nominated member of the Royal Agricultural Society of England Council since 2005. John serves on the National Trust Council, on several other committees and Trusts, and is an Advisor to various organisations. A lay preacher for over 45 years, he has worked with churches for over twenty years on Christian Stewardship of Resources. John has lifelong farming involvement, with particular interest in Farmers' Study Groups in practical resource management for sustainable livelihoods and ecosystem security. He has coordinated and catalysed such Groups for almost 40 years. He advocates widely for agriculture and integral rural management through speaking, writing and broadcasting and is the author of several books including:- A Tropical Agriculture Handbook (with D.C Joy, Cassell, 1979), Cereal Husbandry (Farming Press UK/ Diamond Enterprises USA, 1989), Cereals (Bulletin 17, IPI, Switzerland, 2006) and numerous papers, both refereed and applied. He has regularly conducted evaluations and other assignments for commercial, NGO and government organisations over the past 35 years in the UK and abroad in a total of over 35 countries (of Africa, Asia, Europe, Israel, NZ and the Americas N,S, & Central), and has visited over 30 more. He first went to Africa over forty years ago and has worked in West, East and Southern Africa. He and his wife served in Nigeria in the mid-1970s where they taught and he oversaw the school farms at Gindiri and the HSC field trials on dryland rice and on sorghum. He is a member of the International Farm Management Association (IFMA), the Africa Farm Management Association (AFMA), the UK Country Land & Business Association (CLA), The Farmers Club London, and of the Tropical Agriculture Association (TAA) of which he is SW branch Chairman. He gives many Public Lectures, including the British Council Diamond Jubilee Public lecture in Freetown, Sierra Leone in 2004 on Globalisation, Farmers & Food Security and the annual TAA Ralph Melville Memorial Lecture on Farmers together for integral management and development at The Royal Overseas League in London in 2010 (its centenary year).
John undertakes short assignments overseas for reviews, evaluations and to facilitate training workshops on farm and natural resource management, on farmer collaboration, and on community and congregational development issues. email@example.com