Andrew Ward has been managing agricultural research programs since 1999, initially with a focus on crop protection but recently with a focus on the whole innovation system required for research best practice focusing on bringing benefits to both farmers and the environment. A British citizen, he earned a PhD in insect pest management/ insect ecology on cowpea (on farm research) in Nigeria from the University of East Anglia in collaboration with Rothamstead Research. In addition to the research he worked for an NGO which was an important outreach partner for the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) based in Ibadan, Nigeria. Dr. Ward had previously gained a BSc in International Development from the University of East Anglia, a degree comprising biological and social science elements (plant biology, natural resource management, agricultural development, agricultural economics and sociology).
Dr. Ward started his career working for Natrual Resources International, becoming deputy manager of the largest of DFID’s natural resources research programs, the Crop Protection Program. Acting as an interface between donors and researchers he managed projects addressing entomology, plant pathology, virology, nematology, weed science and migrant pests. These projects were mainly in Sub Saharan Africa but also in South Asia and South America. In Africa Dr. Ward was a donor representative on the Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance. He organized ongoing discussions with sister programs on livestock, forestry, plant science and post-harvest issues to address concerns together and identify opportunities for joint working. In addition he took additional studies on Gender and Agrarian Change, Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation.