Specialist in agricultural
markets & post-harvest economics
I have assisted over thirty countries in the development of agricultural value chains, working extensively in Africa, Latin America and southern Asia. I have advised on policies and tested approaches through practical initiatives. My leading areas of expertise are:
- Policies and practicalities of developing agricultural commodity markets in southern countries
- Warehouse receipt systems and other kinds of commodity-collateralised finance
- Farmers’ access to inputs, markets and finance, through co-operation, contract-farming arrangements or other means
- The economics of post-harvest handling and storage of crops
I have been at the forefront of the search for solutions to food marketing problems in Africa and elsewhere – see searching for solutions. I have made findings more widely available through public presentations and publications, and contributed to leading international policy and practitioner forums. My educational background covers economics, business management and marketing, and I am experienced in the preparation, appraisal, management and evaluation of projects.
Until 2009, I worked at the UK Natural Resources Institute, part of the University of Greenwich, after which I established a consulting company, J. Coulter Consulting Co. Ltd. My clients include the World Bank Group, United Nations (FAO and UNCTAD), Common Fund for Commodities, USAID, DFID, European Union, Swiss Development Cooperation, Agence Française de Développement, CTA, IFAD, Netherlands Government, Italian Development Cooperation, CARE International, various consulting companies and others. See CV.
I work for clients as a freelance consultant, and sometimes put together teams of people of different disciplines and countries
I speak Spanish (bilingual), French (fluent) and Portuguese. I am 66 years old, and in good health.
Please see my blog page where you can comment on matters relevant to my work area