Keynote presentation: Relevance of current agricultural research in socio-economic transformation
Mr. Fowler is an agricultural economist who, after graduating (a long time ago!) with an MSc from Wye College, the University of London, joined the British government’s (then) Overseas Development Administration to begin a career which has involved him in long-term assignments in Lesotho, Swaziland, Vanuatu, Cote d’Ivoire, Namibia, South Africa and Uganda. Short-term work has also been undertaken in, among other countries, Vietnam, Lao PDR, Cameroon, Botswana, Rwanda, Niger and Ethiopia, with the World Bank, the UK’s Department for International Development, the EU, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation and Danida. He worked in the African Development Bank’s Agriculture Department in Abidjan, between 1986 and 1991.
For the most part, his work has involved the identification, formulation and monitoring of agricultural development projects and policies, for both national governments and development partners.
He arrived in Uganda in 2001 to take up the post of Adviser to the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries until 2006. For the past five years he has worked for the United States Agency for International Development in Kampala as its agriculture and rural livelihoods’ adviser.