Tony Jansen

Tony Jansen

Tony Jansen

Currently based in Banjul, The Gambia, West Africa

Key skills

  • Specialist in rural livelihoods and food security
  • Sustainable agriculture systems; agro biodiversity conservation, enhancement and management; soil improvement; and small livestock
  • Program and project needs identification, planning, management, and participatory consultation, monitoring and evaluation
  • Participatory agriculture extension, farmer to farmer approaches, incorporating and building on local knowledge and world views of different stakeholders
  • Organizational capacity building for NGOs, farmer groups, and networks
  • Networking and network development  for local, national, regional and international collaboration and information sharing
  • Program/project design, monitoring and evaluation
  • Ability to be a bridge in mutual understanding, communication and developing partnerships
  • facilitation and interpersonal skills
  • problem solving, conflict resolution, participatory decision making.



Country Director, Gambia & Senegal Country Program of International NGO Concern Universal. Responsible for leading a program focussed on resilience, sustainable livelihoods, and capacity building of NGOs and local level government in The Gambia, Senegal and Guinea Bissau.

Recent consultancies…

Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor. AusAID, Solomon Islands Community Sector Program Agriculture Livelihoods Component

Author, Manual for Teachers to Develop School Gardens – part of new environmental education curriculum for elementary schools, Eritrea. Ministry of Education Eritrea, UNICEF, Live & Learn Environmental Education.

Adviser/Network Support Team, Melanesia Farmer First Network, Oxfam Australia/ TerraCircle Inc.- regional NGO network. MFFN

Lead Author, The International Assessment of Agricultural Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD).

Team Leader, Assessment of Food Security and Rural Livelihoods in remote highland communities in Malaita Province, Solomon Islands. AusAID/KGA.

Adviser, Feeding Village Poultry in Solomon Islands project, ACIAR/TerraCircle.

Facilitator, Participatory organisational review of NGO Kastom Gaden Association. AusAID CSP

Programme manager, Kastom Gaden Association + Kastom Garden Programme, Solomon Islands.

Team Leader, Project Review, Poultry Feeding Systems in Papua New Guinea, Australian Centre International AgricultureResearch.

Contracted author, Enhancing Small Farmer Livelihoods – Experiences in Melanesia, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

Voluntary work

  • board member, Development Services Exchange, Honiara, Solomon Islands; 1993-1994
  • board member, Appropriate Technology for Community and Environment (APACE) – Sydney, Australia
  • occasional member of the ACFOA (Australian Council for Overseas Aid) Pacific Committee
  • English teacher – SOS Tibetan Children’s Village, Choglamsar, Leh, Ladakh, North India
  • Australia Tibet Council – assisting with stalls and awareness actions on Tibet.


  • International Course in Food Security – Lessons from the Field, International Institute for Rural Reconstruction (IIRR), Bangkok, Thailand.
  • study tour of sustainable agriculture projects in Medak District, Andrha Pradesh, South India; Aranya Agricultural Alternatives and Permaculture Association of India
  • Training of Trainers in Community Ethnobotany -. People and Plants Initiative (WWF, Kew Botanic Gardens and UNESCO), Komuniboli Training Centre, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands.
  • Diploma of Permaculture (Community Development and Site Design), Permaculture Institute, Tyalgum, NSW
  • Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology and Resource Management), Macquarie University, NSW, 1989 and 1991 (50% complete)
  • NSW HSC, Kuringai High School, NSW.


  • English – native speaker
  • Solomon Pidgin – fluent
  • Spanish – working knowledge
  • Babatana – South Choiseul, Solomon Islands; basic knowledge, non-fluent
  • Lau – North Malaita, Solomon Islands; basic knowledge, non-fluent.

Conferences and papers

Examples include:

  • Strategies for the Intensification of Shifting Cultivation in South East Asia: a workshop to produce a handbook; International Institute of Rural Reconstruction, Manilla, 2000
  • Three case studies written by Tony Jansen and presented at the workshop by Roselyn Kabu Maemouri
  • Food and Nutrition in Papua New Guinea – conference
  • co-author on case studies of improving food security at the community level in Solomon Islands
  • editor, illustrator: SAPA – book by Joini Tutua on low-external input sustainable agriculture in the Solomon Islands.


  • Sir Edward Dunlop Memorial Award for Young Australians: Queens Trust for Young Australians – 1998 – awarded for work in assisting indigenous communities in Solomon Islands and Ecuador in their aspirations for sustainable agriculture and food security.
  • Community Service Award: Permaculture Institute, Australia – 1995 – awarded for assisting with the establishment of the Madre Selva Permaculture training centre in a remote Afro/indigenous community, San Lorenzo, Ecuador.