Tom Reardon is a Professor in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University. Tom’s research focus is on the links between international development and agribusiness/food industry. He researchers the transformation of agrifood systems (supermarkets, processing firms, wholesale and logistics, and agricultural support services) and their effects on farmer incomes, technology, and rural employment, and agrifood business strategies implementation of innovations via design of supply chains. He has researched value chains in Africa, Asia, and Latin America covering horticulture, fish, dairy, poultry, and grains. He has researched rural nonfarm employment and its links to food systems and agricultural technology adoption.
Tom’s recent and ongoing research is on rice and millet, poultry and feed, and processed maize value chains in Senegal, Nigeria, and Tanzania; fish value chains in Bangladesh, China, Myanmar; mango value chains in Indonesia; food consumption transformation in Africa and Asia; outsourced support services in mango and rice in Indonesia, China, Myanmar, and Nigeria; intermediate cities and rural territorial development in Latin America.
Tom holds an MS from Columbia University and a Ph.D. from University of California at Berkeley. He has been a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute and a Rockefeller Post-Doctoral Fellow in Burkina Faso, attached to the University of Ouagadougou and ICRISAT. Tom was selected as Fellow of the AAEA in 2014, holds one of the highest Google Scholar citation counts among agricultural economists and is listed in 2003 Who’s Who in Economics.