Fred Zaal

Fred Zaal, is a geographer with more than 20 years of experience in rural development research and advisory work in Africa. His expertise includes rural marketing systems, focusing on both arable and livestock value chains, and their impact on rural livelihoods. It also includes  the impact of external drivers such as climate and global change on rural development and agricultural production, the impact of innovation on rural agricultural production and its environmental effects, the role of diversification within and outside of agriculture including the impact of tourism and FDI in mining industries on communities, and in agricultural sustainability in drylands, in particular on water harvesting and soil and water conservation.

Fred Zaal has conducted and managed numerous longer term research projects and short term advisory assignments in Kenya, Tanzania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, and India. He is currently a senior advisor in sustainable economic development at the Royal Tropical Institute and based in Amsterdam. He has experience in research and monitoring and evaluation implementation and methodology development, in research and advisory project execution and management, and in policy development and advice. He has excellent writing skills, likes working in and with teams and enjoys the thrill of meeting new people and experiencing new environments that comes with working in an international context.


Fellow member
Royal Tropical Institute