Peter Hazell is a Research Fellow Emeritus at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and works as an independent researcher from his current base in California. Peter 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 in 1970. After a post-doctoral assignment with the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he joined the World Bank as a Young Professional in 1972. Until 2005 he held various research positions at the World Bank and IFPRI, including serving as a division director at IFPRI. After retiring from IFPRI he served from 2006 until 2012 as a Visiting Professor at Imperial College London.
Peter’s extensive and widely cited publications include works on risk management and agricultural insurance; farm and agricultural sector modeling; the impact of technological change in agriculture on the poor; farm-nonfarm growth linkages; returns to public investments in agriculture; land rights and tenure security in Africa; sustainable development strategies for less-favored lands; development strategies for smallholder agriculture; and methods of assessing the impact of food policy research. Peter has worked extensively throughout Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Central America and has advised several key international and donor agencies on their agricultural development strategies. He was elected a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association in 2005, a Distinguished Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists in 2012, and received the Elmhirst Medal from the International Association of Agricultural Economists in 2012. His work in India was recognized through the award of D.Sc. (Honoris Causa) by Tamil Nadu University in 2004.