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John Bowman, Ph.D.
Senior Agriculture Advisor and Program Area Leader , USAID/Bureau for Food Security
Bethesda, MD, United States
International agricultural research and development expert with over 33 yrs of experience in over 35 countries. Currently Program Area Leader with USAID Bureau for Food Security. Supervisory experience with USAID/USDA, DAI, Technico-China, URC-Philippines, and PepsiCo Foods International. Seek Director-level position in int'l food/agric. with govt, private sector, or NGO. Prefer U.S. base w/travel
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Professional Experience:
John Bowman, a USAID senior staff member, has over 33 years of experience in the design, implementation, coordination, and evaluation of international agricultural research and development projects. His goal is to develop and manage strategic programming for USAID and USDA which ensures food security for vulnerable populations through agricultural best practices designed to deliver improved household level food nutrition and food safety. He manages a multidisciplinary research project portfolio in the areas of food and agricultural science. His research projects span the areas of horticulture, pest management, post-harvest loss, nutrition, livestock systems, aquaculture, and food safety. He has served as a project manager and advisor to the USAID Office of Nutrition, and currently serves as a senior staffer and Program Area Leader in Nutritious and Safe Foods to the USAID Office of Agricultural Research and Policy. As a USAID contractor, he has over 15 years of experience managing and consulting for USAID food security projects in the areas of agriculture, agribusiness, and health/food safety. Dr. Bowman has held senior management positions with several multinational agribusiness firms focused on the procurement of agricultural raw materials. He has specialized in the design and management of agricultural supply programs for food-processing companies, and the support of agribusiness projects for international donor agencies. Dr. Bowman played a critical role in establishing the Health/Nutrition Practice at DAI, a leading USAID contractor, through building DAI credentials in the areas of agricultural health, nutrition, food safety, and zoonotic disease management. Dr. Bowman is an agribusiness manager and has extensive agribusiness experience in Asia, Latin America, and Europe, where he has interacted with small farmers, cooperatives, local government units, traders, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and the scientific community in order to develop raw material supply chains for multinational food companies. He is a trained plant pathologist with expertise in IPM (Integrated Pest Management) and seed-borne diseases of soybean, wheat/barley, beans, and potato. He has worked on the germplasm development teams of CIMMYT, CIAT, and PepsiCo Foods, and has extensive field experience in Mexico, Costa Rica, Philippines, China, Vietnam, Brazil, Indonesia, Nepal, and Tanzania. Dr. Bowman’s career has always emphasized a highly participatory approach to the design of agricultural research and development projects, mainly through extensive field-level contact with individual growers, grower associations, local government units, and multidisciplinary scientific teams. Dr. Bowman has extensive experience as a designer and manager of projects which transfer agricultural technology to farmers in remote, rural environments, and which offer capacity building and scientific exchange between U.S. land grant universities and foreign universities and agricultura
Univ. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (Ph.D, Plant Pathology, 1984)
Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (MS, Plant Pathology, 1980)
Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison (MA, Latin American studies, 1978)
Bowdoin College (BA, Biology and Romance Languages, 1976)
Affiliations and Achievements:
Dr. Bowman's recent, senior level, managerial contributions to the Feed the Future Initiative have contributed to advances in agricultural research and development in over 20 developing countries through application of the expertise of USAID, USDA/ARS, U.S. land-grant universities, and U.S.-funded international agricultural research centers (e.g. the International Rice Research Center and the World Vegetable Center). He is highly aware of the sensitivities of many foreign cultures (particularly in the rural and academic sectors) having worked on agricultural projects in more than 35 countries, and having actually lived as an expat in five countries (Mexico, Costa Rica, Philippines, China, Brazil). Dr. Bowman started his international career through a USAID fellowship to conduct part of his Ph.D, research at Brazil's National Soybean Research Center (EMBRAPA-CNPSo), followed by advance breeding and plant pathology work at CIMMYT and CIAT. Dr. Bowman holds a Ph.D. in plant pathology, speaks Spanish and Portuguese, and has “Secret” level security clearance in the U.S. government. He is a member of the American Phytopathological Society, the Agronomy Society of America, and the Entomological Society of America.
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    Years of Experience:
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    Highest Qualification:
    English, Spanish, Portuguese
    United States
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