African Jersey Forum (AJF) Development Team
Head of International Dairy for Development & General Manager, Jersey Island Genetics
David spent his formative Jersey breed years on the family’s dairy farm in Sussex, England. Initially coming to work in Jersey in 1983 with the renowned Blanc Pignon herd, followed by five years as the National Field Officer for the UK Jersey Cattle Society between 1995 and 2000, when David returned to the Island and has since been with the Royal Jersey Agricultural & Horticultural Society (RJA&HS) for over twenty years.
David covers a number of livestock focussed roles. He acts as general manager of Jersey Island Genetics Ltd, the Society’s commercial livestock arm, through which Island originated genetics are marketed, whilst the company also facilitates and manages the majority of on-island farm user technical services. He also leads the RJA&HS Dairy for Development project portfolio and advises on regional initiatives to develop the Jersey breed in Africa.
Dairy for Development Programme Officer
Dairy for Development Programme Officer Sam Thomson has over seven years’ experience in international development. He joined the RJA&HS in March 2020, to support the Society’s growing portfolio of Dairy for Development projects in the areas of monitoring, evaluation and reporting, and project design.
Prior to joining the Society, Sam spent four years in international development consultancy, working in business development, project management and monitoring and evaluation. He has experience with public and privately funded projects in a range of sectors and has led research and evaluation studies for agricultural projects in Uganda and Myanmar.
In his role at the RJA&HS, he has supported the establishment of the African Jersey Forum website platform along with providing technical and managerial support to the RJA&HS Dairy for Development country projects.
David ‘Dai’ Harvey
David ‘Dai’ Harvey is a dairy and market development specialist with 30 years’ experience working across Africa. Dai provides technical expertise and management support to the RJA&HS Dairy for Development portfolio across the region. Currently Global Technical Director with Land O’ Lakes Venture37 programme, he has livelihood development experience across numerous value chains and countries in Africa and globally, working with both private sector and development sector actors. Much of this work has focused on integrating smallholder farmers into formal value chains. Dai is still actively involved in his home farm in northern Zambia where his herd of Jerseys supplies the local district’s towns. While based in Zambia he was the chairperson of the Herdbook Society of Zambia and had great success breeding Dairy Championship-winning Jerseys.
Dr Felicien Shumbusho
Director of Animal Genetic Improvement, Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB)
Felicien has over nine years’ experience in livestock research and development. Since 2014 he has worked for RAB where he coordinates livestock genetic improvement activities including planning, implementation, monitoring and capacity building of stakeholders. Felicien has successfully collaborated with different government institutions, international research institutions, development partners, NGOs, livestock professional organisations, farmer cooperatives, commercial farmers and smallholder farmers. He has actively participated in development and implementation of the Jersey Inka Nziza project funded by JOA, implemented in Rwanda since 2017. Felicien is the project focal person at RAB and advises on cattle genetic improvement activities of the project and reports project progress to RAB and Ministry of Agriculture. Before joining RAB, he was based at Institut de l’Elevage (IDELE) in France as a Project Officer and as a PhD student researcher at Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRAE), modelling the use and assessing the benefits of molecular information in livestock breeding programmes.