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Tom Reardon

Thomas Reardon is University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University and Fellow of the AAEA and Honorary Lifetime Member (Fellow equivalent) of the IAAE. Tom has been at MSU since 1992; IFPRI Research Fellow 1986-1991; Rockefeller Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow with IFPRI & ICRISAT in Burkina Faso 1984-1986; Ph.D. was from UC Berkeley in 1984. Tom studies the transformation of food value chains: the “supermarket revolution” and the “Quiet Revolution” (by SMEs in the midstream of value chains), and their impacts on farming, consumption, and employment in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Tom is among the most cited agricultural economists globally (12/2021 with 39,000 Google Scholar citations and H of 90).  He has done extensive field research in all three regions for 40 years with 21 years directly in residence. His work is recognized beyond academia: he was the first agricultural economist invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos; his work was featured on Page 1 of the New York Times.