Bina Agarwal is a Professor of Development Economics and Environment at the University of Manchester, UK. Until recently she was Director of the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi University. Educated at the Universities of Cambridge and Delhi she has held distinguished positions at many universities, including Harvard, Princeton, Michigan, Minnesota, and the NYU School of Law. Agarwal has been President of the International Society for Ecological Economics. Vice-President of the International Economic Association, President of the International Association for Feminist Economics, on the Boards of GDN, UNRISD and ZEF, and a member of the UN CDP as well as the Stiglitz-Sen-Fitoussi Commission, in addition to the editorial boards of many international journals. She holds honorary doctorates from the Institute of Social Studies (The Hague) and the University of Antwerp (Belgium). Bina Agarwal has written extensively on food security; land, livelihoods and property rights; environment and development; the political economy of gender; poverty and inequality; law; and agriculture and technological change. Her nine books and over 75 academic papers include the multiple award-winning book, A Field of One's Own: Gender and Land Rights in South Asia (Cambridge University Press, 1994) and Gender and Green Governance (Oxford University Press, 2010, 2013). In 2002 she received the Malcolm Adhiseshiah award for Development Studies, and in 2005 the Ramesh Chandra award for agricultural economics. In 2005, she catalyzed a successful campaign for amending India’s Hindu Inheritance law to make it gender equal. In 2008, Agarwal received a Padma Shri from the President of India, and in 2010 the Leontief Prize from Tufts University ‘for advancing the frontiers of economic thought.' Three volumes of her selected papers on the theme “Gender Challenges” are forthcoming from Oxford University Press.
Pramod Aggarwal - Head, South Asia Regional Program, CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS)
Prof. Pramod Aggarwal holds a Ph.D. in Life Sciences from the University of Indore, India, another Ph.D. from the Wageningen University, Netherlands, and a M.Sc. in Botany from University of Delhi, India. He currently leads the South Asia Regional Program for the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS). He was an author for the IPCC 4th Assessment Report and a reviewer for the IPCC 5th Assessment Report. Before joining CCAFS, he was National Professor at the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi and Coordinator of the Indian network on climate change and agriculture in which almost 150 scientists from 23 research institutes and Universities participated to quantify the sensitivity of crops (including horticultural crops and plantations), agro-forestry, soils, water, fish, poultry, and livestock to global climatic changes.
He did his post-doctoral in the mid eighties at the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines on sustainability of upland rice farming and crop diversification. He returned to work at IRRI again during 1994-96 as SARP Coordinator and helped many scientists in Asia to learn quantitative techniques in agriculture.
Aggarwal's research contributions include developing crop growth models for the tropical environments, impact assessment of climatic variability and climate change on crops, characterizing risks of yield loss for developing weather derivatives, adaptation strategies, inventories of greenhouse gases emissions, mitigation options, yield gap analysis, genotype by environment by management interactions, yield forecasting, and yield loss assessment due to pests.
Aggarwal was the Coordinating Lead Author for the chapter 'Food, Fiber, and Forest Products' of the Fourth Assessment Report (2007) of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change. He is the Secretary of the National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India, and a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journals- Agricultural Systems, Outlook on Agriculture, Crops and Pastures, World Agriculture, Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, and Mausam. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India and National Academy of Agricultural Sciences, India. For his contributions, Aggarwal was awarded Ernestoilly Trieste Science Prize for the year 2009 by the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), Italy.
Ramesh Chand is currently the Director of National Centre for Agricultural Economics and Policy Research (NCAP), New Delhi.
Keith Fuglie is an Economist with the Economic Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture. His work focuses on the economics of agricultural technical change, science policy, and productivity growth. Keith has worked with ERS more than 15 years. During 1997-98 he served as senior economist for agriculture and natural resources on the White House Council of Economic Advisers. He also spent 10 years working in Asia and Africa with the CGIAR Consortium of international agricultural research centers. Keith did his Ph.D. and M.S. in Applied Economics from University of Minnesota and B.A. in Mathematics from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota. Keith is a member of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association and the International Association of Agricultural Economics. His work has been published extensively in many books and journals including American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, Review of Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness: An International Journal and others.
Rikin Gandhi launched Digital Green after carefully studying agricultural extension services. Through interventions based on modern technology in seven states in India, including Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Uttar Pradesh, and parts of Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania, Rikin is focusing on the efficiency of information dissemination and application and creating new knowledge networks for agriculture extension services. Rikin’s method entails replacing the old architecture of agriculture extension services with a new one, and the community is involved in the creation, dissemination, facilitation, and evaluation of locally relevant content. Rikin was born and raised in the US and studied computer science and physics at Carnegie Mellon University. He went on to study Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering at MIT. He worked at Oracle as a software engineer and was the verge of joining the U.S Air Force to fulfill his aspiration, when he changed his course of thought to see how he could contribute towards eliminating poverty. Rikin “reverse-migrated” to India and spent lot of time in rural India and became conversant with Indian agricultural system. Later on, he joined the Microsoft Research India's Technology for the Emerging Markets team in Bangalore where his idea of Digital Green was formed. Digital Green is now an independent, not-for-profit organization with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UK's Department for International Development (DFID), Google, and others.
Madhur Gautam is a Lead Economist with the Agriculture Global Practice at the World Bank, currently working on South Asia. He earned his Masters at the Delhi School of Economics (Delhi University) and Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. He has been with the World Bank since 1991, and has worked in many different parts of the World Bank including the Development Economics Group (World Bank’s Research Department), Independent Evaluation Group, and operational units in the Africa and South Asia Regions. In addition to evaluating the World Bank’s projects and programs across the world for almost seven years, including leading major evaluations such as the global review of the HIPC Debt Reduction Initiative, the majority of his work has been on agriculture sector economic and policy analysis. He has worked extensively in East African countries, and is currently leading the analytical and advisory work program for agriculture across the South Asian countries. His main areas of interest are agricultural and food policy analysis, agricultural production and productivity analysis, markets and agribusiness, agricultural technology and innovation systems, and risk and uncertainty.
Ashok Gulati - Agricultural Chair Professor, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations
Ashok Gulati is currently Agricultural Chair Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations, New Delhi. Earlier, he was the chairperson of the commission for agricultural costs and prices (CACP) during 2011-2014. Before joining CACP, Dr. Gulati was Director in Asia, based in New Delhi (since 2006) and director of the markets, trade, institutions division (2001-2006) of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) headquartered in Washington DC. Dr. Gulati has served in both academic and policy advising capacities in India. Before joining IFPRI, Ashok Gulati was a NABARD Chair Professor at the Institute of Economic Growth in Delhi ; Chief Economist at the National Council of Applied Economic Research, Delhi. Dr. Gulati has also been a member of the Economic Advisory Council of the Prime Minister of India; a member of the State Planning Board of Karnataka; a member of the Economic Advisory Council of the Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh; a member of the Board of Directors of ICICI Banking Corporation; and many other such positions. Dr. Gulati has done Masters in Economics and Ph.D. from Delhi School of Economics. His special areas of research include analysis and policy advice on issues related to agricultural markets and development of value chains; agriculture trade liberalization and negotiations in WTO with a focus on the likely implications on developing country interests; etc. Dr Gulati has published widely in national and international research journals, rendered policy advice to the Government of India, and interacted closely with the corporate sector involved in agri-business the farmer groups, and the civil society organizations.
Ronald Herring is Professor of Government at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA. He has worked mostly in and on South Asia, in fields of agrarian political economy and agrarian reform; ethnicity and conflict; political ecology and development; and social conflicts around science and genetic engineering. He has served as Chair of Cornell’s Department of Government and Acting Director of the Title VI National Resource Center for South Asia, and Director of the Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, as the John S. Knight Professor of International Relations. He was a founding faculty member and subsequently Director/Convener of Development, Governance and Nature at Cornell. He is faculty advisor to ASHA-Cornell, a student group working for and with under-privileged children in India. Before Cornell, Herring was Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University and held visiting positions at the Universities of Chicago, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. He has been Editor of Comparative Political Studies, and remains on its editorial board, as on the boards of Contemporary South Asia, Critical Asian Studies and the Journal of Development Studies. He has worked on various committees and boards of Fulbright, Social Science Research Council, American Council of Learned Societies, the American Institute of Indian Studies, Association for Asian Studies and MacArthur Foundation among others. Professor Herring’s earliest academic interests were with land relations; Land to the Tiller: The Political Economy of Agrarian Reform in South Asia (Yale University Press/Oxford University Press) won the Edgar Graham Prize (London 1986). Continuing this interest in class and class conflict,, Herring edited with Rina Agarwala a special issue of Critical Asian Studies: Resurrecting Class, Vol 38 (4) 2006. With additions, this work was published in book form as Whatever Happened to Class: Reflections from a Subcontinent [Routledge UK 2008; Lexington US; Daanish India; Routledge India]. Concern with connections between economic development and ethnicity led to work such as Carrots, Sticks and Ethnic Conflict: Rethinking Development Assistance (University of Michigan Press, edited with Milton Esman). Long involvement with property, development and agrarian politics led naturally to study the volatile politics of genetically engineered organisms. From an international conference at Cornell, Herring edited a special issue of Journal of Development Studies Vol 43 (1), 2007 on connections between transgenic crops and poverty. This work was awarded the Dudley Seers Memorial Prize in 2008, and published with Routledge (London) as Transgenics and the Poor: Biotechnology in Development Studies [2007; paper 2008] In 2009, Ronald Herring was chosen to deliver the V.T. Krishnamachari Memorial Lecture at the Institute for Economic Growth at Delhi University: Global Rifts over Biotechnology. His current work continues interests in food politics as Editor of a new Oxford Handbook of Food, Politics and Society (2014).
Uma Lele, an independent scholar and development economist, is currently writing a book tentatively titled Food for All: International Institutions and the Transform Agriculture. She has a Ph.D. from Cornell University and four decades of experience in research, operations, policy analysis, and evaluation in the World Bank, universities and international organizations. Among her notable works are Food Grain Marketing in India: Private Performance and Public Policy (1973), The Design of Rural Development: Lessons from Africa (1976), Managing Agricultural Development in Africa (1991), Transitions in Development: From Aid to Capital Flows (1991), Intellectual Property Rights in Agriculture: The World Bank's Role in Assisting Borrower and Member Countries (1999), and Managing a Global Resource: Challenges of Forest Conservation and Development (2002). She has also written papers on Agricultural Productivity Growth and Structural Transformation, and on the changing roles of forests and water in the course of economic development. As Senior Advisor in the World Bank’s Operations Evaluation Department (now called the Independent Evaluation Group), she led evaluations of the World Bank’s Forest Strategy(2002),the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) (2003), and the World Bank’s approach to global programs (2005).She co-chaired an International Taskforce of the China Council on Environment and Development on Forests and Grasslands (2000-2002), served on the panel for the independent external evaluation of the Food and Agriculture Organization (2007), and co-authored a theme paper for the first Global Conference on Agricultural Research for Development. She has served on numerous advisory, expert and award panels in international organizations including on the Sasakawa 2000 Program (1992-94), the World Food Prize (1987-94) and the McArthur Foundation (1991-95).She was a Graduate Research Professor (1991-1995) and Director of International Studies (1992-93) at the University of Florida co-chaired an international taskforce on Global Research on the Environmental and Agricultural Nexus (GREAN) (1992-95), and established and directed the Global Development Initiative of the Carter Center and the Carnegie Corporation (1992-93). She was on the founding board of the CGIAR’s Centre for International Policy Research (1993) and a member of the CGIAR’s Technical Advisory Committee (1994-95). She is Fellow of the American Agricultural and Applied Economic Association and of India’s National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. In 2011 she established an award for Best Research on Gender in Agriculture at the International Agricultural Economic Association, and in 2013 she established the Uma Lele Mentorship Program for students from developing countries at the American Agricultural Economic Association.Uma Lele - Independent Scholar and Development Economist
Travis Lybbert - Associate Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Davis
Travis Lybbert is an associate professor of agricultural and resource economics at University of California, Davis. His areas of research interest are Economic Development, Poverty Dynamics, Risk & Uncertainty, Technology Transfer & Adoption, Intellectual Property, Environment & Biodiversity. He completed his PhD and M.S from Cornell University in Applied Economics and Agricultural Economics respectively. He has published his work extensively into books and book chapters, journal articles, working papers and reports. His research has been published in journals such as American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Development Policy Review, World Development, European Review of Agricultural Economics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Development Economics and many others. His paper, “Risk Averters that Love Risk? Marginal Risk Aversion in Comparison to a Reference Gamble” (with David R. Just), Agricultural & Applied Economics Association, 2010 has been awarded as the Outstanding American Journal of Agricultural Economics Article.
William Masters - Professor and Chair of the Department of Food and Nutrition Policy, Friedman School of Nutrition, Tufts University
William Masters is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Food and Nutrition Policy at the Friedman School of Nutrition, Tufts University. His research focuses on the economics of agriculture and nutrition in rural Africa. Before coming to Tufts in July 2010 he was a faculty member in Agricultural Economics at Purdue University (1991-2010), and also at the University of Zimbabwe (1989-90), Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government (2000) and Columbia University (2003-04). Recent publications include “Agriculture, Nutrition, and Health in Global Development”, in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, “Disease Control, Demographic Change and Institutional Development in Africa” in Journal of Development Economics, and “Agriculture, Transportation and the Timing of Urbanization” in Journal of Economic Growth (all 2014), as well as an undergraduate textbook co-authored with George Norton and Jeff Alwang, Economics of Agricultural Development (Routledge, 3rd ed. 2014). From 2006 through 2011 he edited Agricultural Economics, the journal of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. In 2010 he was named an International Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists, and he has been awarded both the Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis (2013) and the Publication of Enduring Quality Award (2014) from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA).
J.V. Meenakshi is currently Professor, Department of Economics, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. She previously headed the policy and impact analysis research portfolio on biofortification at the International Food Policy Research Institute and is currently a member of the Standing Panel on Impact Assessment of the CGIAR. Her research interests include agriculture-nutrition linkages, economics of micronutrient malnutrition, efficacy of interventions on child nutritional outcomes, food demand and agricultural markets; all areas in which she has published widely.
Purnima Menon joined IFPRI in September 2007 as a Research Fellow, a joint appointment between the Institute's Food Consumption and Nutrition Division and its New Delhi, India office. Based in New Delhi since February 2008 , Menon conducts nutrition-related program and policy research in the South Asia region, with a focus on maternal and child nutrition. She previously served as a Research Associate in the Division of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University, where she co-directed a project to develop strategies for mainstreaming nutrition in health policies and programs of Bangladesh, Bolivia, Guatemala, Peru, and Vietnam. From 2001 to 2006, Menon coordinated a collaborative research project with IFPRI, Cornell University, and World Vision-Haiti, which studied integrated food and nutrition programs in rural Haiti. With the same collaborators, she also coordinated a study on the effectiveness of micronutrient Sprinkles in reducing anemia among young children in Haiti. Menon holds a Ph.D. in International Nutrition from Cornell University and an M.Sc. in Nutrition from the University of Delhi.
Kirikh S. Parikh - Chairman, Governing Council of the Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe)
Kirit S. Parikh is the chairman, Governing Council of the Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe), New Delhi. He is Emeritus Professor and Founder Director of Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research, Mumbai, India. He has also served as Senior Economic Advisor to United Nations Development Programme from October 1997 to September 1998.
Carl Pray is a Distinguished Professor of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. His PhD is in Economic History from the University of Pennsylvania. He worked as an agricultural extension agent in the Peace Corps in Rajasthan, India. The focus of his research is agricultural science and technology policy in China, South Asia, and Africa. The results of this research have been published in 75 journal articles in Science, Nature, the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Research Policy, and elsewhere. Past research was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, the World Bank, the US Department of Agriculture, and others.
Jyotsna Puri - Deputy Executive Director and Head of Evaluation, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie)
Jyotsna Puri (Jo) works at the 3ie, International Initiative for Impact Evaluation, New Delhi. She leads 3ie’s evaluation team and is head of office. She is a member of 3ie’s senior management team, leads 3ie’s open, thematic and policy related grant windows and is also responsible for fund raising. Currently Jo is also adjunct faculty at the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University and is member of the Governing Board of the Community of Evaluators, South Asia. Dr. Puri has more than seventeen years of experience in evaluation and evidence-based policy and has worked earlier at the World Bank and the United Nations. Previously she was Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University. Her main work in the evidence-policy spectrum has been in poverty, agriculture, environment, infrastructure, health and energy. She has worked and engaged with national governments in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean and led several inter-agency evaluations. She has advised and developed evaluation systems for several organizations including the MacArthur Foundation, UNICEF, the Millennium Villages Project, UNDP and GEF. Jo is the lead author of a book on development indicators produced by UNDP and co-edited a book discussing implications of climate change commitments for developing countries. She is a contributing author and reviewer for UNEP’s Green Economy Report. She holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Agriculture and Resource Economics, and a Masters in Development Economics.
Nicholas Rada is a research economist in the Food Security & Development Branch of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS). Dr. Rada received his Ph.D. from the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics at Oregon State University in 2009. His areas of research expertise are in international evaluations of agricultural total factor productivity growth, technical change, and efficiency changes, and in the role of productivity to improving food security. Beyond his ERS publications, Dr. Rada’s research has been printed in such journals as the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Journal of Development Studies, Agricultural Economics, and Food Policy.
Bharat Ramaswamy is a professor and the head of Economics and Planning Unit at Indian Statistical Institute. He completed his PhD from University of Minnesota. His areas of interest are economics of risk and insurance, commodity markets, food policy and technology supply in agriculture. Some of his selected work focuses on the issues on agricultural food policy reform, delivery of food subsidy, status and time allocation of women in rural India, unemployment, economic growth, public distribution system, impact of technology, agricultural market structure and others. He has published his work in Economic and Political Weekly: Review of Agriculture, The Oxford Handbook of Food, Politics and Society, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Economic Literature, Journal of Agricultural & Food Industrial Organization, The Journal of Agro-biotechnology Management and Economics and many other journals as well.
1986, started Networking Farmers Association; 2002, Consultant, NATP (ATMA) Project, MANAGE, Hyderabad; 1996, Founder, and currently Chairman, Federation of Farmers Associations, Andhra Pradesh; 2003, started Indian Farmers & Industry Alliance; 2005, Member, Expert Group to Review Ground Water Ownership. Secretary-General, Consortium of Indian Farmers Associations; networked over 400 farmers associations from large number of states in India under common umbrella organization.
David J. Spielman, a U.S. national, joined the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in 2004, and is currently a senior research fellow based in Washington, DC. His research agenda covers a range of topics including agricultural science, technology and innovation policy; seed systems and input markets; and community-driven rural development. Prior to this, David was posted to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia with IFPRI’s Knowledge, Innovation, and Capacity Division. Earlier in his career, he worked on agriculture and rural development issues for the World Bank (Washington, D.C.), the Aga Khan Development Network (Pakistan), and several other organizations. His work maintains a regional emphasis on East Africa and South Asia. David received a Ph.D. in Economics from American University in 2003, an M.Sc. in Development Studies from the London School of Economics in 1993, and a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University in 1992.
Patrick Ward joined IFPRI as a postdoctoral fellow in the Environment and Production Technology Division in 2012. He is based in the New Delhi office, from where he contributes to the ongoing work of the Cereal Systems Initiative for South Asia (CSISA). His research primarily focuses on policy and behavioral issues related to new agricultural technologies and practices to promote the sustainable intensification of cereal systems in the Indo-Gangetic plains of South Asia.
He earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University in 2011 with a specialization in international development. Prior to joining IFPRI, Patrick was a visiting researcher with the International Center for Climate Governance (ICCG) in Venice, Italy.