TAA CV - Dr Andrew Ward

Personal Information
Title: Dr TAA Member No: 3285
Forenames: Andrew Year of Birth: 1972
Surname: Ward Email Address: dr_a_f_ward@hotmail.com

University Qualification & Completion Year
2001 UEA PhD
1995 UEA BSc

Career Summary
My passion is developing partnerships and strategies for the equitable and sustainable adoption of new knowledge and practices to drive development. My expertise in this area is based on the competencies I have developed throughout my career.
In 1990 I lived with a Gambian family and taught at the village school, it was an incredible exposure to African life. I followed this up with 3 years working for an NGO in Nigeria whilst I conducted on- farm trials on cowpea pest management. The NGO, DDS, was established following the Biafra war and was worked through indigenous farmer groups. It approached development in a holistic and long term manner, e.g. building farm income so that farmers could afford to contribute to water management schemes. I reformed the NGO?s extension approach, oversaw the extension services, conducted ethno botanical and social change studies.
After writing up my PhD I was recruited by NR International for the management of the DFID Crop Protection programme. I oversaw portfolios of projects on roots and tubers, beans, horticultural crops, developing strategy, revising the monitoring system and conducting evaluations. I worked to influence policy and mentor projects (particularly participatory projects) in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria and Ghana and revised the advisory support to the programme so that there was a better balance between social and natural science inputs.
After the completion of the Crop Protection Programme I helped to write NR International?s successful tender for the DFID funded Research into Use programme in 2006. This programme adopted an agricultural innovations system approach and worked closely with FARA and their Agricultural Research for Development approach in Africa. I led country programme strategy development in Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Tanzania. I moved to Tanzania and worked for the programme for 3 years from there. I also led the implementation of a business plan approach for pulling research into use through partnerships with the private sector. The approach appears to have been sustainable as six years since funding ceased the institutions have grown and had great success.
I accepted a job at the newly formed CGIAR Consortium Office in Montpellier, as an opportunity to take forward my research into use expertise. Instead key activities were leading the development of a gender strategy for the CGIAR, developing monitoring principles for the organisation, developing the system?s planning tool, developing its strategic approach to foresight as well as mentoring a portfolio of projects and managing expert working groups.
I returned to Zambia in 2012 and was recruited by WorldFish to work on the CGIAR Research Programme on Aquatic Agricultural Systems which they led. The programme implemented a novel approach, research in development in which research was conducted to support ongoing development initiatives, in an action research manner. It also developed a monitoring and learning approach based on contribution analysis. I developed a multi-sectoral approach to increasing farm productivity through developing an analytical framework for the analysis of previous efforts to increase productivity. The lessons learned from this were incorporated into an approach to productivity enhancement which used gender transformation, micro-credit, nutrition, education, ecosystem services and social protection initiatives to support the farmers as they implemented agricultural change.

Soon after joining I had to also take on management responsibilities for the Africa region and lead an EU funded programme on Regional Fish Trade. This programme was conducted in partnership with NEPAD and AU-IBAR. I developed an implementation approach in which international experts would mentor African university faculty and students and the AU agencies would ensure their research was conducted within the policy context. I left WorldFish in 2016 and returned to the UK from Zambia.
Since then I have been working as a consultant, providing strategic input and reviews for the DFID Climate Smart Agriculture programme, VUNA and conducting a strategy development for climate resilient and women focussed value chains in Zimbabwe. I led the evaluation of a technology transfer programme from China to Africa (funded by DFID) and conducted reviews for the Civil Society Environment Fund in Zambia.

Last Updated: 04/10/2017