Eliot Masters spent several decades specialising in cultivated and natural tropical plant products derived from traditional agroforestry systems. He has been involved in researching and recording traditional plant use and landscape management practices in Africa, particularly in northern Uganda. In 1988 Eliot founded COVOL Uganda, a non-governmental organisation focused on landrace crops and tree products of northern Uganda. Eliot subsequently developed Africa regional initiatives on the shea butter tree for the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (2004-2007), and convened a series of regional events on the natural products of the traditional African parkland agroforestry systems for the World Agroforestry Centre.
Eliot left the African continent in 2011 to serve as Senior Scientist at Abt Associates, a consultancy based in the Washington DC area, and in 2014 relocated to Nelson. Eliot is a permanent academic staff member at the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), where he teaches sustainability, supply chain management and economics in the postgraduate and undergraduate applied business programmes.
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