John Allgood, IFDC chief operating officer, has more than 30 years of global experience in fertilizer sector development. As former director of IFDC’s EurAsia Division (EAD), he provided strategic planning and management oversight of IFDC programs in Asia and Europe. Allgood has completed technical assistance missions and capacity building assignments on a wide range of agro-input market development issues (e.g., fertilizer distribution system improvement, strategic planning for agro-input market development, management information system development, fertilizer supply-demand analysis and international procurement). In the mid-1980s, Allgood was instrumental in providing strategic guidance to development agencies and the government of Kenya that led to market reform in Kenya’s fertilizer market. During the early 1990s, he served first as dealer development and training advisor and later as chief of party for a major policy reform and technology transfer project in Bangladesh, the Fertilizer Distribution Improvement (FDI) program.
From 1996 to 2008, Allgood served as director of the IFDC finance and administration department and completed more than 20 missions involving fertilizer market and value chain assessment, strategic planning and implementation of strategic interventions in Afghanistan, Albania, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. He earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Alabama, Florence, United States, and a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Florida State University, Tallahassee, United States. He has authored/co-authored several technical papers on fertilizer marketing and fertilizer market development.