José TISSIER is an agronomist and agro-economist. After spending a few years as a military aid volunteer in Tunisia, then as a shepherd in Poitou-Charentes, he spent most of the first part of his professional career in France in professional organizations responsible for development (Corrèze Chamber of Agriculture in utility services for agriculture-livestock raising and economics and management) or for applied research (Technical Institute of Livestock Raising). He subsequently worked in New Caledonia in public entities responsible for land reform (New Caledonia Land Office) and local authorities responsible for regional economic development (Northern Region, the so-called “Fabius-Pisani” region, after the Prime Minister and Minister responsible for New Caledonia at the time).
In 1993, he joined Caisse Française de Développement at the age of 40, where he successively held positions as head of agricultural and rural development in the agencies of Yaoundé, Rabat and Ouagadougou. At the end of 2006, he joined AFD’s headquarters in Paris in the Agricultural and Rural Development Division as chief project engineer. In early 2010, he was appointed Deputy Director of this division.