Independent Consultant, Burkina Faso
Tom Remington was most recently at Catholic Relief Services (2007 – 2013) as Principal Agriculture Advisor for Africa, based in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, where he coordinated the work of CRS’ agriculture staff across the continent.
Previously, Mr. Remington served as CRS’ Senior Technical Advisor for Agriculture in east Africa. Since 1994, he has helped CRS develop a comprehensive agricultural program that includes innovative use of vouchers and fairs to increase farmer assets, agro-enterprise initiatives that link farmers to markets to boost incomes, integration with water projects for better irrigation, and dissemination of materials and information to improve crop production.
Mr. Remington has worked in Africa for more than 30 years since 1977 when he served as an agriculture volunteer with the U.S. Peace Corps in Mali. Prior to joining CRS, Mr. Remington worked for the University of Wisconsin in The Gambia, West African Rice Development Association in Cote d’Ivoire and Development Assistance Corporation in Togo.
Mr. Remington grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin as well as a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Horticulture also from the University of Wisconsin. His wife Debbie Shomberg serves as CRS’ Country Representative in Burkina Faso.