TAA CV - Mr. Christopher Frederick Baker

Personal data
Year of Birth: 1953 TAA Member No: 1071
Contact Address: The Retreat
16 Milton Road
Willen Village
Milton Keynes
MK15 9AD
Nationality: British
Permanent Phone Number: +44 (0) 1908550712 Mobile Phone No: +44 (0) 7546755399
Email Address: chrisfbaker@btinternet.com Personal Webpage:
Record of posts and assignments
Year Job Title Organisation Country Responsibilities
2011 - present Climate-smart Agriculture/Resilience Programming and Project Development Specialist Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Pakistan, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey and Yemen Independent short-term consultant covering: needs assessments; programme/project identification, preparation, appraisal, resource mobilisation, inception, technical backstopping and review (related to conservation agriculture, agro-forestry, water harvesting on-farm water management, etc, food security and nutrition, rural livelihoods, value chain development, resilience building and adaptive research and participatory extension); and national strategy development for conservation agriculture, agricultural mechanisation and agricultural extension - mainly as Team Leader of multi-disciplinary and multi-national teams
2002 - 2011 Food Security and Rural Livelihoods Programming and Project Development Expert FAO; African Development Bank (AfDB); Asian Development Bank (AsDB); Inter-American Development Bank; and World Bank Bangladesh, Ethiopia, India, Jamaica, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan and Sudan Independent short-term consultant covering: post-emergency needs assessments, project/programme identification, preparation, appraisal and resource mobilisation, (related to humanitarian relief, early recovery, food security and rural livelihoods) and backstopping of watershed management/land and water projects - mainly as Team Leader of multi-disciplinary and multi-national teams
1995 - 2002 Rural Development and Management Adviser European Commission Jamaica Project Manager to the Eastern Jamaica Agricultural Support Project (i.e. market-led and community/group-based and micro-project approach to agricultural diversification and watershed management with capacity development of farmers associations and agricultural extension services
1994 - 1995 Technical Adviser (Soil and Water Conservation and Rural Engineering) FAO, International Labour Organization (ILO)/World Food Programme (WFP); and United Nations Development Programme India, Jamaica, Lesotho and Nepal Independent short-term consultant covering: project formulation and evaluation and programme and strategy development,
1987 - 1994 Chief Technical Adviser/Team Leader, Nepal Special Public Works Programme (SPWP) ILO Nepal Management of the Nepal SPWP, responsible for institutionalising the labour-based participatory approach to small-scale farmer development and water management under Nepal's Irrigation Sector Programme (financed by AsDB, DANIDA, UNCDF, UNDP and World Bank)
1986 - 1987 Technical Manager/Team Leader Mascott (UK) Limited (for the World Bank) Somalia Project management of the World Bank, European \Union and IFAD-funded North-West Agricultural Development Project, including watershed management, water harvesting, small-scale irrigation and agronomic research and extension components
1984 - 1986 Technical Adviser (Land Use Planning) FAO Gambia, Indonesia, Liberia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Zambia and Zimbabwe Independent short-term consultant for the the identification and preparation of land use planning and soil and water conservation-related projects to be funded by AfDB, AsDB, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank and WFP
1981 - 1983 Chief Land Use Planning Officer Landell Mills Associates (for the World Bank) Nigeria Co-ordinated and supervised land use planning activities of the central directorate of planning and four zonal land use planning offices for the World-Bank-funded Bauchi State Agricultural Development Programme
1978 - 1980 Land Use Planning Training Officer Overseas Development Administration (ODA, now UK/DFID) Tanzania Curriculum development and training undergraduates at the Ministry of Agriculture Training Institute, Nyegezi , Mwanza
1975 - 1976 Land Husbandry Officer ODA Malawi Technical support in soil survey, farm planning and soil and water conservation
Skills, expertise and qualifications
Principal Discipline:  Agriculture, Climate Change Mitigation, Project Management, Rural Development, Soils/Land Use
Subsidiary fields: Agro-Forestry, Conservation Agriculture, Development Planning, Emergency Relief, Extension, Food Security, Institutional/Organisational Development, Land Evaluation/Land Use Planning, Land Husbandry, Participatory Development, Post-conflict Development, Project Management, Project Preparation/Appraisal, Rural Development, Soils/Land Use, Soil & Water Conservation, Village/Community Institutions, Watershed Management
Higher education: M.Sc. Agricultural Engineering (Land Resource Management) B.Sc. (Honours) Geography
Countries worked in:  Bangladesh, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gambia, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Somalia, SAARC countries, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria Sub-region, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Yemen, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Languages: English (mother tongue)
Last Updated: 21/11/2017