World Development Report 2008
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 research and management positions at the Bank and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). He is currently a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London, Wye Campus, England. 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. He was elected a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association in 2005, and his work in India was recently recognized through the award of D.Sc. (Honoris Causa) by Tamil Nadu Agricultual University.