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Melvin Hendrix is a development assistance consultant and master gardener who has researched and designed practical solutions for complex horticultural, fisheries, water management, and food production projects in Africa, Asia, the Near East, and the Caribbean for such international donor organizations as the United Nations (FAO, UNESCO) and the German Technical Cooperation Agency (GTZ).
He is the architect of the collaborative agronomic partnerships (CAP) concept, the purpose of which is to create value-chain organizational structures through which farmers can innovate small-scale industrial enterprises that promote food security and sustainable livelihoods where they live. This subject is the focus of his next book, Microfarming by the Numbers: Sustainability Management for Value Chain Social Enterprises.
Professionally, he has had an eclectic career: an academic; a CEO of a development assistance company; co-founder of a web development company; and an editor of an academic journal among other things. Currently, he spends his time writing and pursuing real work as an avid polyculture gardener and permaculture practitioner. His primary focus in this regard is an interest in strengthening and expanding regional foodsheds to promote food security, while eating lots of nutritious, delicious foods along the way.