Martin Evans
Director, Agriprojects Consulting Limited

Dr Martin Evans has worked for more than thirty years in economic, social and commercial development – mainly in Asia, but also in Africa, South America, South Pacific/Australia, and Eastern Europe/FSU – in management, capacity building and advisory roles, mostly in the agricultural, agribusiness and rural sectors. His PhD, from Cambridge University, is in agricultural economics.

Dr Evans is experienced in strategy, policy, industry/sector reviews, project preparation/analysis, capacity development and institution building. He is the author of a study of capacity development in South Asia published in October 2007 by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the main author of two training manuals on agricultural/rural investment project formulation published by the UN Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO). He has also advised on trade and price policy, structural adjustment/economic reform and development financing. In addition to ADB and FAO, his institutional clients have included EBRD, IFAD, IFC, IFPRI, the UK Joint Assistance Unit, the World Bank, and national governments. His assignments with the World Bank include agriculture sector assistance strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa, grain sector reform and rural sector adjustment policy in China and food sector reform in Russia. Dr Evans has also worked with private and public companies in the UK and overseas and with charitable foundations. He has written several publications and presented conference papers on aspects of development.

Before establishing Agriprojects, Dr Evans was a senior executive (director level) of a leading international agribusiness services company that directly managed, and in some cases also invested in, private and public agribusiness companies throughout the world. In this role, he acquired experience of corporate strategic planning, investment and market analysis, project development and operational management, with active involvement in specific companies and smallholder schemes extending over many years. He has also served as a non-executive director (including the chair), on the boards of other private companies in the UK and overseas and on the boards of charitable organisations.