Michael is an agribusiness consultant, and educator with more than 30 years of experience working in international agribusiness development implementing non-governmental research and field-level domestic and international agriculture/forestry research and development projects. Having started his career as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga working for the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in tree crop diversification, he has experience with donor agencies including US Agency for International Development, Winrock International, and Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture (CNFA). He has implemented enterprise-based, agricultural development initiatives to facilitate market access, enhance agribusiness competitiveness, increase productivity and improve access to inputs and credit on USAID-funded projects in Jamaica, Kosovo, Myanmar, Guatemala, Ghana, Malawi, Russia and Nepal.
Specializing in improving capacity of private sector agribusiness enterprises to access and supply domestic and foreign markets, increaseintegration of smallholder agriculture in the supply chain for value-added agro-processing, tree crop (avocado, mango, macadamia nut, rambutan, carambola), medicinal and aromatic plants and valuation/assessment of non-timber forest products (NTFPs), ethnobotanical and forest inventories, botanical/biological surveys,biodiversity assessment for potential economic opportunities of forest resources, and forest crops.
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