Eliot Masters

Eliot Masters is a specialist in sustainability, resilient agriculture and nutrition, food security and smallholder adaptation to the effects of climate change for over 25 years, He has conceived, designed and implemented a series of national and regional projects focused on agricultural and natural product value chains in a context of integrated conservation and development based on product development, branding and marketing of agricultural and natural products.

Since 1988, Eliot has provided technical assistance to and for CGIAR and UN agencies, national governments, donors and NGOs. He has facilitated development of national and regional (inter-governmental) product quality standards, codes of practice and standard operating procedures for post-harvest processing of agricultural and national products to improve food quality and safety, and has developed methodologies for value addition at the primary producer level based on applied and adaptive action research. He is resident in Nelson, New Zealand at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), Eliot is currently working on landscape-level restoration and sustainable agricultural intensification using agro-biodiversity including indigenous trees and plants in agroforestry systems.

Areas of Expertise

  • Project design, implementation, technical / financial oversight and reporting
  • Integrated value chain development at the smallholder producer level
  • Product development and marketing of agricultural and natural products
  • Plant biodiversity and rural livelihoods
  • Agro-biodiversity and nutrition including plant biodiversity and indigenous foods
  • Integrated conservation and development projects (ICDPs)
  • Non-wood and non-timber forest products (NWFPs/NTFPs)
  • Product development and diversification,
  • Post-harvest processing; post-harvest management and reduction of post-harvest losses
  • Product quality control and quality assurance
  • Definition and elaboration of product quality standards (national and inter-governmental)
  • Product certification systems

Certifications and Other Tools

  • Associate Fellow, World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) under Science Domain 3 (Tree Diversity, Domestication and Delivery)
  • Registered Expert in Environmental Impact Assessment (Kenya NEMA)

Country Experience

Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Ghana, Mali, Senegal, Benin, Togo, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Sudan, Malawi, Vietnam, Myanmar, Philippines and USA.


  • B.Sc. in International Agricultural Development from the University of California, Davis; MBA in Marketing from the University of Liverpool


English, French and Luo (Lango / Acholi)