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2018 Honours Awarded

Development Agriculturalist

Awarded to Mark Holderness, for championing the views of farmers and their organisations, placing them at the centre of the international research agenda.

Young Development Agriculturalist (non-UK based)

Awarded to JB Madhukesh, for improving the incomes and livelihoods of farmers in Karnataka, India, through business partnerships linked to capacity building services.

Awards of Merit

Awarded to Terry Wiles, in recognition of outstanding support to TAA’s London and South-East Branch programme, and to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development.  

Awarded to Brian Sims, in recognition  of outstanding contributions, as author, book reviewer and technical editor, to the improvement of the outstanding contributions, as author, book reviewer and technical editor, to the improvement of the TAA’s journal Agriculture for Development.

2017 Honours Awarded

Development Agriculturalist

Awarded to CARE International-UK (CIUK), for 
establishing an innovative micro-finance scheme (Lendwithcare), helping entrepreneurs in developing countries to lift themselves out of poverty.

2016 Honours Awarded

Development Agriculturist of the Year

Awarded to Dr William Critchley, for 
contributions to sustainable land management, climate change adaptation, and local innovation.

Award of Merit

Awarded to Tim Roberts, for many years of support of, and contributions to, the TAA SW Group, and for pro-actively promoting the TAA.

Young Development Agriculturalists

Awarded to James Alden and Paul Baranowski, joint awardees, for 
developing, manufacturing and marketing a Decision Support Tool for smallholder coffee growers.

2015 Honours Awarded

Development Agriculturist

Awarded to George Rothschild, in recognition of a lifetime of work in agricultural research for development, as a researcher, Director, Director-General, Board Member, Board Chair and Government Adviser, and for supporting the All Party Parliamentary Group on Agriculture and Food for Development.

Awards of Merit

Awarded to George Taylor-Hunt, in recognition of his work over many years for the TAA as a member of the Executive Committee and as Convenor of the South West Branch.

Awarded to Bill Reed, in recognition (posthumously) of his work over many years for the TAA as a member of the Executive Committee and as Convenor of the South West Branch.

2014 Honours Awarded

Development Agriculturist

Awarded to Professor John Witcombe: during a lifetime of work, John Witcombe has developed novel strategies for breeding crop varieties.He advocated client-oriented breeding, developed from participatory varietal selection and participatory plant breeding, with farmers and end users consulted throughout the programme……..

Young Development Agriculturist

Awarded to Richard Bliault. This award recognises Richard Bliault’s extension work in Tanzania, where he has managed the certification with the Rainforest Alliance of the first coffee supply chain in Tanzania, encompassing 7,500 farmers.He has demonstrated his commitment to development and his persistence to work in rural Africa.

Awards of Merit

Awarded to John Russell. This award recognises John Russell’s contributions to the Tropical Agriculture Association through his service as Chairman of the Tropical Agriculture Award Fund (TAAF) Committee, Convenor of the SW Group, and a Trustee of the Bicton Overseas Agricultural Trust (BOAT).During a successful career with the World Bank and IFAD, John has also provided a lifetime of service to agricultural extension and training worldwide

Awarded to Antony Ellman. As Chairman of the Tropical Agriculture Award Fund (TAAF) Committee since 2006, Antony has developed links with UK Universities, established evaluation criteria, and ensured that awardees receive competent mentoring. As a result, the TAAF has become a major feature of the TAA.In addition, Antony has for 20 years promoted Artemisia cultivation by small farmers, for the extraction of the antimalarial drug artemisinin. Some 100,000 small farmers now grow the crop in China, Vietnam, Madasgascar and East Africa, and about 400 million artemisinin treatments are dispensed annually.

2013 Honours Awarded 

Development Agriculturist

Awarded to Hugh Harries: in recognition of dedication to bringing together workers in research, development, business and policy-making toidentify and disseminate information to supportagriculture for development.

Young Development Agriculturist

Awarded to James Brockington: in recognition of his contribution to international agricultural development and greater understanding of issues of poverty reduction and natural resource management through work with the Best Practices Foundation, Karnataka, India and the Erasmus Mundi Sustainable Tropical Forest Programme , Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda.