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Peter Hazell

  • Director, Development Strategy and Governance Division, 2003–present
  • Director, Environment and Production Technology Division, 1992-2003, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Principal Economist, 1988-1992, Senior Economist, 1986-1988, Agriculture and Rural Development Department, World Bank
  • Director, Agricultural Growth Linkages and Development Policy Program, 1984-1986
  • Research Fellow, 1979-1984, International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Economist, Development Research Center, 1973-1979
  • Young Professional, 1972-1973, World Bank
  • Senior Research Associate and Trade Policy Research Center Fellow, 1970-1972, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
  • Ph. D., 1970 and M.S., 1968, Agricultural Economics, Cornell University
  • National and College Diplomas in Agriculture, 1964, College Diploma in Farm Management (Hons), 1965, Seale-Hayne Agricultural College, England
  • D.Sc (Honoris Causa), 2004, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, India
  • Associate Editor, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 1987–1991.

Peter Hazell has devoted most of his career to research and advisory work on policy issues related to agricultural development. Initially trained as an agriculturalist in England, he completed his Ph.D. in agricultural economics at Cornell University. He joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 1972 and has since held various positions at World Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He is currently director of the Development Strategy and Governance Division at IFPRI. Peter’s extensive and widely cited publications include works on new methods of using mathematical programming to solve farm and agricultural sector planning problems under risk; the impact of technological change on growth and poverty reduction; the appropriate role of agricultural insurance in developing countries; and farm-nonfarm growth linkages. One of his earliest AJAE papers on risk programming became an ISI “citation classic.” Peter has played important roles in research management and policy advice, and currently advises a number of key donor agencies and developing countries on their agricultural development strategies. Peter has worked extensively throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Latin America. His work in India was recently recognized through the award of D.Sc. (Honoris Causa) by Tamil Nadu Agricultural University.