Angus Davidson

Angus Davidson

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

Centre for Global Food and Resources

Faculty of the Professions


Angus is a director and senior consultant of Prime Consulting International, a global agribusiness management consultancy firm. He has been implementing agricultural development projects in Afghanistan since 2011 and lived there fulltime for four years.
His career spans nearly 30 years across the wider agriculture sector and prior to 2006 when he joined Prime, Angus held several senior positions within the Australasian food industry including chief executive.

I commenced my PhD in late 2018 to investigate the unintended consequences that occur as a result of delivering agricultural development activities in fragile and conflict-affected states and develop a set of guidelines to assist implementers.

My thesis topic is 'Wheat, Weapons and Worship: Improving the Delivery of Agricultural Development in Fragile and Conflict-Affected States'

Agricultural development programmes are implemented to enhance food security, reduce poverty and provide economic growth to developing economies. In fragile and conflict-affected areas, development assistance is usually delivered to one party to the conflict. However, when this is done, the assistance can often also impact upon other parties to the conflict. Such consequences, while usually unintended, need to be understood and managed. This research aims to develop a set of guidelines for agricultural development in fragile states with spatial conflicts to assist implementers to achieve the greatest possible gains while managing unintended consequences to their advantage in the targeted areas.


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