Thomas Reardon

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Michigan State University

Dr. Thomas Reardon is a professor of Agricultural, Food, Resource Economics at Michigan State University since 1992 and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) for a decade before, since his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1984. Tom is prominent in research on: (1) urbanization; (2) diet transformation; (3) transformation of agrifood value chains, including the "supermarket revolution" and the "Quiet Revolution" in the proliferation of SMEs in the midstream of supply chains; (4) impacts of and opportunities from food system change for farmers. Tom has 13 years of experience in Africa, 13 in Asia, and 10 in Latin America. He is in Who's Who in Economics, is in top 2.3% of 50,000 economists worldwide registered by IDEAS/REPEC, is Fellow of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA), has 22,000 citations in Google Scholar, was a personal invitee by World Economics Forum to Davos, had his work featured on the front page of New York Times, and wrote the Chicago Council for Global Affairs 2016 report, "Growing Food for Growing Cities: Transforming food systems in an urbanizing world". Tom has been a featured speaker at agribusiness and food industry events worldwide, such as for the Produce Marketing Association.