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Commercial Agriculture Team

PETER McSPORRAN
Non-Executive Director

Peter is a qualified financial advisor in the Zambian agribusiness market, following a long career in Southern African agriculture. Peter, who has been a successful farmer for 28 years, was a major figure in the agricultural market liberalisation in Zimbabwe, having been President of the Commercial Farmers Union. For many years he was a board member of Seed Co and the Tanganda Tea Co. Peter was also Chairman of the Zambian Agricultural Commodity Exchange (ZAMACE), which he helped to establish.

Other current positions: Peter is a Founder and Director of Agricultural Advisors International, a consultancy company based in Zambia. Peter is also a consultant to Barclays Bank Zambia, ZANACO and Stanbic Bank, and a director of Golden Lay Agriculture (Zambia) and Farm Engineering Malawi.

 

Joined AgDevCo: 2009
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JIM HENDERSON
Director, Malawi

Jim was instrumental in setting up the Malawi office and is now responsible for managing all current and potential country investments. Jim has over 15 years experience in greenfield projects development and agricultural finance consulting for both commercial and smallholder projects in sub-Saharan and West African countries.  Jim was educated in Zimbabwe and holds a diploma in Agriculture.

Joined AgDevCo: 2012
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Julie Abisgold
Senior Agricultural Specialist

Julie is an integrated pest management specialist, responsible for IPM input to existing and prospective investments. She has extensive experience in providing strategic, technical and operational advice to commercial agricultural projects, smallholders, NGO’s and government bodies in Africa. Before joining AgDevCo, Julie developed a successful IPM consultancy focussed on the field and stored product pests of a wide range of crops in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this, Julie worked as an applied entomologist for UK’s Natural Resources Institute in West Africa and South East Asia, and for Papua New Guinea’s Institute of Medical Research. Julie holds a BSc in Biology from the University of Dundee, and a DPhil in Entomology from the University of Oxford. 

Joined AgDevCo: 2017
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CHRIS BISHOP
Senior Agricultural Advisor

Chris provides agricultural advice to Zambian and Ugandan investees and comes with over 30 years of diverse agricultural experience in Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia. Before joining AgDevCo, Chris was the Country Agronomist for Alliance One Zambia, where he managed direct production farms, financed large-scale and smallholder farmers and established a smallholder farmer training academy.  Prior to this, Chris financed and monitored large-scale farming at Stancom Tobacco in Malawi. He also ran his own farm in Zimbabwe for 20 years, growing a variety of crops. Chris has a BSc Agriculture obtained from the University of Natal in 1981.

Joined AgDevCo: 2015
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ROB FISHER
Senior Agricultural Adviser

With an agricultural and export background, Rob provides agronomic consultancy for commercial projects in many parts of Africa. Alongside his long-term involvement in farming and a flower seed export business in Zimbabwe, Rob has developed a successful career in agronomic consultancy, including due diligence and feasibility studies for commercial agricultural projects in many parts of Africa.  He has also worked significantly with mainly NGO-sponsored outgrower programmes throughout Zimbabwe. Rob graduated with B.Sc. (Agric) and M.Sc. (Agric) degrees at the University of Kwazulu Natal.

Joined AgDevCo: 2013
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SANDI ROBERTS
Head of SDU

Sandi leads the work of the Smallholder Development Unit. She is an Agricultural specialist with project management experience in large scale, commercial agriculture and donor funded smallholder initiatives. Her strong private sector and smallholder development experience spans 20 years throughout East and Southern Africa. Sandi began her career at Zimbabwe Fertiliser Company and worked within the Agriculture industry in Zimbabwe with extensive travel into the region. Prior to joining AgDevCo, she managed a highly successful USAID funded program. Sandi holds an MSc degree in Agriculture majoring in Horticulture from the University of Natal, South Africa. 

Joined AgDevCo: 2015
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ERIK WIERSMA
Commercial Agriculture Director

Erik is the Senior Commercial Agriculture Director, responsible for commercial and agronomic advice and analysis of agribusiness opportunities across all current and potential investments. Before joining AgDevCo, Erik was CEO at a farming operation in Ghana, where he implemented mechanised agriculture and managed outgrowers farming operations. Previously he worked for a plant science company, with agronomy teams across India, Indonesia, and Southern Africa. He has also extensive experience of farm supply chain management with (export) horticulture. He started his career working in plantation management in West Africa. Erik has a BSc (honours) in Tropical and Sub-Tropical Agriculture from International Agricultural College Larenstein, the Netherlands.

Joined AgDevCo: 2012
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