Caspar van Vark
Caspar has been the co-ordinator of the APPG on Agriculture and Food for Development since April 2016. Caspar administers the agenda of the APPG, supports the parliamentary members of the APPG in driving forward the group's agenda, liaises with Supporter Group, organises the public and private meetings at Parliament and the APPG inquiries, writes the reports, publications and policy briefs, manages the communications on behalf of the APPG and organises parliamentary visit overseas.
Before joining the APPG, Caspar worked as a freelance journalist, contributing food, agriculture and nutrition stories to The Guardian and other outlets. He also worked as a copywriter for organisations in the sector, including GAIN, CARE International UK and Grow Africa. He has an MSc in Food Policy from the Centre for Food Policy at City University in London.
Professor Guy Poulter
Having trained as a food scientist specialising in protein biochemistry, Professor Guy Poulter spent much of his early career helping smallholder farmers and fishermen in poor developing countries access better markets for their products. With wide experience of subsistence farming and fishing in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Pacific Islands, Professor Poulter has spent extended periods working as a senior natural resources adviser for major development agencies such as the UK Department for International Development and the European Commission, while holding a series of senior appointments in the Natural Resources Institute including Director from 2003 to 2010. He has played a significant role in the development of pan European strategies on agricultural research for development and was a founder member of the UK Forum for Agricultural Research for Development and AGRINATURA, an Association of European agricultural universities and research institutes focusing on agriculture and smallholder farmers.
Since stepping down as NRI Director in 2010, Professor Poulter continues with his research interests of how to get agricultural research-for-development into use including issues of institutional reform. He is currently, the Director of the AGRINATURA European Economic Interest Group, the operational arm of the AGRINATURA Association. He also acts as an ambassador at large for the Natural Resources Institute and has been an Adviser to the APPG since its formation in 2008.