Professor Ben Bennett
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Professor Ben Bennett has been with the Natural Resources Institute for 24 years, much of it spent overseas as a policy advisor in Namibia and the Philippines. His work has been largely in the field of trade and market economics for tropical commodities in developing countries with a particular focus on aspects of agricultural value chains for novel products. He has undertaken consultancy and research in over 30 countries working on cereals, legumes, horticulture, fisheries, fibres, non-timber forestry products, livestock, oilseeds and industrial crops. Professor Bennett is known for my value chain analysis work on many different commodities as well as market research for primary and secondary products. He has long experience in leading research and consultancy teams including complex evaluations and reviews for major multi-national bodies and donors. He has an interest in the marketing of wild harvested natural products and the relationship between markets and conservation of natural resources. He has supported a number of trade negotiations including SADC, COMESA and SACU and led an international effort to improve Trade Capacity Building, particularly in the area of standards.
Professor Bennett's work on agricultural and wild harvested value chains brings farmers and harvesters into the formal economy and improves livelihoods. He is particularly interested in post harvest losses and their impact on incomes in developing countries.
Professor Bennett is an authority on the economics of post harvest losses in developing countries. Recent research has included contributions to the UK Foresight Commission (Hodges, Busby and Bennett, 2010) and a global initiative to reduce food lost to consumption (World Bank, 2011), and Principal Investigator on the EC FP7 project "Gains from Losses in Roots and Tubers" (GRATITUDE). This research builds upon work he did as an early career researcher for NRI on the economics of post harvest losses in fisheries (Bennett, 1991), oilseeds (Bennett, 1992), animal feed (Coker and Bennett, 1992, Bennett and Watson, 1990, 1990 and 1991) and grains (Bennett, 1992).
He is considered a practice leader in the field of value chain analysis for tropical agriculture, forestry and fisheries products. He was invited to contributed to UN Expert Panel on the value chain analysis which has resulted in new approaches to understanding industrial and agricultural markets (the UNIDO Diagnostic Tool – see www.unido.org/fileadmin/user_media/Publications/Pub_free/Value_chain_diagnostics_for_industrial_development.pdf).
- Forsythe L, Nya Manda M, Mbachi Mwangwela A and Bennett B (under review) "Birth, death, love and infidelity: gendered beliefs and taboos around Bambara Groundnut in Malawi", Agriculture and Human Values.
- Bechoff A, Cissé M, Fliedel G, Declemy D, Ayessou N, Akissoe N, Touré C, Bennett B, Pintado M, Pallet D and Tomlins K (submitted), "Relationships between anthocyanins & others compounds and sensory acceptability of Hibiscus drinks", Food Chemistry.
- Hodges R, Bernard M and Bennett B (2013), Tackling post harvest cereal losses in Sub-Saharan Africa, Rural21, 47:1, pp16-18.
- Naziri D, Rich, K and Bennett B (in press), "Would a commodity-based trade approach improve market access for Africa? A case study of the potential of beef exports from communal areas of Namibia", Development Policy Review.
- Hillocks R, Bennett B and Mponda O (2012), "Bambara nut: a review of utilization, market potential and crop improvement", African Crop Science Journal, 20:1, pp1-16.
- Naziri D and Bennett B (2012), "Private voluntary standards in livestock and meat sectors: implications for developing countries", Food Chain, 2:1, pp64-85.
- World Bank, (2011), "Missing Food: The Case of Postharvest Grain Losses in Sub-Saharan Africa", Economic and Sector Report 60361, Washington.
- Hodges R and Bennett B (2011), "Review of postharvest loss reduction technologies and practices for cereal grain staples in Sub-Saharan Africa", World Bank Discussion Paper, Washington.
- Hodges R Busby J C and Bennett B (2010), "Post harvest losses in developed and less developed countries: opportunities to improve resource use", Journal of Agricultural Science.
- Bennett B, Cooper J and H Dobson (2010), "We know where the shoe pinches: a case study-based analysis of the social benefits of pesticides", Outlook on Agriculture, Volume 39, Number 2, June 2010.
- Bennett B, Keller D and P Loewe (2010), Thematic Evaluation of UNIDO activities in the area of Standards, Metrology, Testing and Quality (SMTQ), UNIDO, Vienna. http://www.unido.org/fileadmin/user_media/EVA/UNIDO_SMTQ.pdf. Association for African Medicinal Plants Standards (2010), African Herbal Pharmacopoeia.
- Bennett B (2007a), "Intellectual property and sustainable trade in natural products: the case of Southern Africa", IUCN, Geneva
- Bennett B (2007b), "Trade in Natural Products: how big is Southern Africa's Natural Product Opportunity and What Trade Issues Impede Development", Regional Trade Facilitation Programme, Pretoria, http://www.rtfp.org, ISBN 0-621-36528-9.
- Bennett B (2007c), Namibia: Selected Agriculture and Natural Resources Issues", chapter 5 in World Bank Country Paper, Washington.
- Bennett B (2002), "Market scoping: methods to help people understand their marketing environment", PLA Notes Journal 45.
- Bennett B & Ames G (1994), "Multinationals and Market Mammies: a case study of sectoral privatisation and structural adjustment in Ghana" in Jaffe S and Morton J (1994), "Marketing Africa's High-Value Foods: Comparative Experiences of an Emergent Private Sector", Dubuque, Iowa.
- Bennett B and Watson I G, (1992), "India's feed future: A market brief", Feed International, March 1992.
- Member of the Development Studies Association
- Associate Editor of the Journal Food Chain
- Director of the Indigenous Natural Products Project, Namibia
- Member of the Board, mFarmer