Dr. Suresh Babu was educated at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa (M.S. Economics and Ph.D. Economics). He is currently a Senior Research Fellow and Head of Capacity Strengthening Program at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, D.C. Before joining IFPRI as a Research Fellow, Dr. Babu was a Research Economist at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. He began his development and policy research career in Malawi as a Food Policy Advisor to the Government of Malawi and as a Senior Lecturer of Agricultural Economics in Bunda College, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Dr. Babu has published more than 85 peer-reviewed journal articles and authored or edited 20 books and research monographs. He was a coordinating author of the Millennium Ecosystems Assessment. He has been recognized as an Adjunct Professor of Rural Development in American University, Washington D.C., an Honorary Visiting Professor at the Indira Gandhi National Open University of India, a Guest Professor at the China Center for Rural Development, Zhizhang University, China, and an Honorary Professor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal University and an Extraordinary Professor of Agricultural Economics in the University of Pretoria both in South Africa. He is currently an editorial board of four peer-reviewed journals. He serves on several international advisory committees including, the Advisory Board of the World Agricultural Forum. His latest co-authored books include Competitiveness of Global Agriculture: Policy Lessons for Food Security (2016-Springer) and Nutrition Economics: Principles and Policy Applications (2017-Elsevier / Academic Press). Read More