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Stephen K. Pollard, PhD.

My Consulting Positions in the Caribbean

February 1994 to April 1994 (February and March 1994 in Jamaica)

Employer: IFAD, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, Rome, Italy

Title: Consultant

Responsibility: Review of the IFAD HFSP in Jamaica. Analyzed the performance of the financial institutions involved in the implementation of the IFAD small farmer credit project in Jamaica. Assessed sufficiency of the spread allowed financial institutions and analyzed loans by purpose, terms, and repayment records. Evaluated adequacy of the organization structure of rural financial system, flexibility of credit packages, savings mobilization, structure of interest rates, lending costs, access of women to credit and the demand for credit. Identified strategies to deliver a wide range of financial services to the rural poor in the project area.

December 1990 to January 1991 (December 1990 in Dominica)

Employer: IFAD, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, Rome, Italy

Title: Consultant

Responsibility: Review of the IFAD/CDB IRDP in Dominica. Analyzed the performance of the financial institutions involved in lending to small holder farmers under the project. Assessed sufficiency of the spread allowed financial institutions, interest rate structure, profitability of credit and technological packages, access of women to credit, lending and transaction costs, and savings mobilization. Identified strategies to enhance performance of the lending institutions and provide financial services to project beneficiaries. Analyzed and evaluated development of feeder roads in project areas taking into account original cost-benefit criteria.

October 1990 to November 1990 (October 1990 in Jamaica)

Employer: IFAD, Monitoring and Evaluation Unit, Rome, Italy

Title: Consultant

Responsibility: Review of the performance of the financial institutions involved in the implementation of the IFAD/IDB small farmer credit project in Jamaica. Assessed sufficiency of the spread allowed financial institutions and analyzed loans by purpose, terms, and repayment records. Evaluated adequacy of the organization structure of rural financial system, flexibility of credit packages, savings mobilization, structure of interest rates, lending costs, access of women to credit and the demand for credit. Identified strategies to deliver a wide range of financial services to the rural poor and to further develop an efficient, self supporting rural banking system. Assisted in socioeconomic analysis of small holders who received credit under the project.

December 1986 to April 1989 (December 1986, January 1988, March 1988, April 1988 and June 1988 in Jamaica)

Employer: USAID/Jamaica and Center for Agricultural and Rural Development, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 50011

Title: Co-Investigator for the Food Assistance Program Analysis and Evaluation

Responsibility: Collected, analyzed and evaluated current domestic food production and associated data for impacts of the PL-480 and Food Stamp Programs on food production and the agricultural sector. Generated supply and marketing margin estimates. Reviewed and analyzed processing and distribution systems for food. Assessed the food grain import situation. Analyzed the marketing system with respect to transportation costs and structure with emphasis on small holder farms. Examined impact of post harvest loss on farm income, imports, and local consumption.

January 1985 to September 1985 (March 1985, June and July 1985 in Jamaica; August 1985 in Dominican Republic)

Employer: The Ohio State University, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Title: Research Associate

Responsibility: Evaluation of agricultural pricing and trade policies and the impact of the Caribbean Basin Initiative on Jamaican and Dominican agriculture in the 1980's. Conducted extensive interviews with Jamaican, Dominican and U.S. agricultural policymakers, economists and statisticians. Collected secondary data from published and unpublished reports. Undertook data analysis. Primary author of report of findings prepared for the United States Department of Agriculture.

March 1982 to June 1982

Employer: The Ohio State University, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Title: Post-Doctoral Researcher

Research and

Responsibility: Continuing research on Jamaican agricultural development in the post-war period, data analysis and production of a monograph and journal articles.

September 1978 to February 1982

Employer: The Ohio State University, Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, Columbus, Ohio 43210

Title: Graduate Research Associate

Research: Assistant to Principal Investigator on two projects under the sponsorship of the AID/OSU Rural Financial Market Project

Project #1: Investigation into the impact of trade and pricing policies on Jamaican agricultural growth.

Date: July 1980 to February 1982, July 1980 to April 1981 in Jamaica.

Responsibility: Conducted extensive interviews with commodity boards' officials, agricultural researchers, economists, and statisticians in the Ministries of Trade and Agriculture. Collected secondary data from published and unpublished sources. Assisted in data analysis and production of research reports.

Project #2: Credit, Savings, Off-Farm Employment, and Marketing Activities of Jamaican Farm-Households.

Date: June 1979 to June 1980; and February 1981. Summer 1979, Summer 1980 and February 1981 in Jamaica.

Responsibility: Evaluated the Crop Lien Program--the major small farmer credit scheme of Jamaican government--from both the farm and institutional perspective. Calculated costs of program and efficiency of credit allocation. Field Coordinator for three surveys of the economic activities of approximately 300 farm-households in rural Jamaica. Trained interviewers who administered the questionnaire. Undertook the processing and computer programming of the data for analysis. Assisted in construction of the survey ques

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