Rupert is an enthusiastic proponent of robust market linkages for smallholder farmers. He has practical, seasoned experience of managing soft commodity value chains at origin, as well as structuring, conducting and analysing qualitative research for international organisations.
Prior to joining IMC, Rupert worked as an independent consultant, providing project management support, conducting research and structuring evaluations for DFID and SIDA-funded agriculture projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Rupert also worked as a consultant, in partnership with the charity Farm Africa, where he provided advice and project support to their market-based agriculture programmes in East Africa.
Previously, Rupert spent three years in Sierra Leone as country manager for an Alternative Investment Market-listed cocoa and coffee exporting firm, coordinating produce purchasing, contracting, and handling export to European buyers, such as Ferrero SpA.
Rupert’s areas of interest focus mainly on smallholder agriculture and rural livelihoods, with themes such as private sector engagement, improving access to markets, and strategies to improve best practice techniques.