Andrew Emmott, Senior Manager (Nuts) at Twin. Andrew has specialized in smallholder nut value chain development and innovative SME start-ups and has project management agribusiness experience with Twin & Twin Trading, African Development Bank, Cranfield University and Unilever. In 2007 Andrew facilitated the formation of Liberation Foods CIC, the first 100% Fairtrade Nut Company which is 44% co-owned by the smallholder nut producers and gatherers. In 2012 Andrew facilitated the start-up of a joint venture peanut processing business in Malawi. He has managed DFID, USAID and Comic Relief trade facilitation projects and over the past 10 years has played a key role in establishing the new Fairtrade Nut market in the UK.
Andrew has also developed a cross-sector specialism highlighting links between agriculture and public health, food safety and food security. He has specialized on aflatoxin management, mitigation and control for export, regional and local food chains. Andrew has facilitated and participated in policy and roundtable discussion relating to aflatoxin in the UK, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. He contributed to the formation meetings of the Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) in 2010/11 and recently engaged with an initiative to develop the Malawi Partnership for Aflatoxin Control (MAPAC) and contributed to the IFPRI 2020 policy seminar “Aflatoxins: Finding Solutions for Improved Food Safety”. He is passionate about the need to include food safety as a key component of food security in the post-2015 sustainable development goals.