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Maximo Torero

  • Division Director of the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division
  • International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA
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Research interests

IFPRI Director for Latin America leader of the Global Research Program on Institutions and Infrastructure for Market Development and co-leader of the Global Research Program on Urban and Rural linkages.

About

Maximo Torero is the Division Director of the Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute, leader of the Global Research Program on Institutions and Infrastructure for Market Development and Director for Latin America. He has fifteen years of experience in applied research and in operational activities. In this capacity as director and research program leader, he directs the activities of an IFPRI unit that conducts research, with special emphasis on M&E of infrastructure and rural development interventions in urban and peri-urban areas through the use of randomized experimental design. Prior to that, he was a senior researcher and member of the executive committee at Group of Analysis for Development (GRADE). He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles Department of Economics, is a professor on leave at the Universidad del Pacífico, was postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at University of Bonn, Germany. Dr. Torero’s major research work lies mostly in analyzing poverty, inequality, importance of geography and assets (private or public) in explaining poverty, and in policies oriented towards poverty alleviation based on the role played by infrastructure, institutions, and on how technological breakthroughs (or discontinuities) can improve the welfare of households. He has won twice the World Award for Outstanding Research on Development given by the Global Development Network (GDN). His experience extends to projects in Latin America, Sub Saharan Africa (East and West), and Asia. Dr. Torero had a unique expertise on impact evaluation on projects linked to water and sanitation, electricity, ICTs, roads, and in social and institutional aspects on the delivery of public services. He is currently working on water and sanitation in Tanzania and El Salvador. He has also country experience in India (Andrah Pradesh and Punjab), Vietnam, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Senegal, Zambia, Mozambique, Peru, Ecuador, and in Central America. In El Salvador he is the chief of party of the impact evaluation of a 600 million US$ investment by MCC in rural infrastructure with a significant component of water and sanitation in rural areas. Dr. Torero has been involved in several projects to evaluate the impact of access to infrastructure and had also design and implement pioneering designs in which an experimental approach is used to investigate the extent to which the cost barriers preventing poorer households from connecting to the different types of infrastructure can be addressed. These studies had led to several policy impacts, especially on the complementary effects of access to infrastructure. On property rights, Dr. Torero has worked intensively on urban and rural titling and crop choices as a result of titling projects (see for example the reference to his work in “The Mystery of Capital Deepens.” Economist, August 24, 2006). Finally, on market access, Dr. Torero has worked on impact evaluation of contract farming arrangements to access to dynamic markets for small commercial farmers, and the creation and sustainability of urban-rural market institutions. His work has also focus substantially on the impact of rural households to phones as an instrument to reduce their asymmetry of information when accessing to markets. Professional Associations and Advisory Councils: (a) Member of the American Economic Association (1998-today) (b) Member of the European Economic Association (1999-today) (c) Member of the Western Economic Association (1998-2000) (d) Member of the Econometric Society (1998-today) (e) Member of the Latin American Econometric Society (1998-today) (f) Member of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA, from 1998-today) (g) Member of the Southern Regional Science Association (1998-today) (h) Member of the International Association of Agricultural Economics (2006-today)

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  • liu hangyu

    liu hangyu Beijing University of Chinese Medicine

  • Medoune Seck

    Medoune Seck

  • Janet Porras

    Janet Porras

  • Soonho Kim

    Soonho Kim International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA

  • ReSAKSS Africa

    ReSAKSS Africa International Food Policy Research Institute

  • Kenda Cunningham

    Kenda Cunningham

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Publications

2012 Global Hunger Index: The challenege of hunger: Ensuring sustainable food security under land, water, and energy stresses

  • von Grebmer K
  • Ringler C
  • Rosegrant M
  • Olofinbiyi T
  • Wiesmann D
  • Fritschel H
  • Badiane O
  • Torero M
  • Yohannes Y
  • Thompson J
  • von Oppeln C
  • Rahall J
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Food Prices: Riding the Rollercoaster

  • Torero M
2011 Global Food Policy Report (2012)
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2011 Global Hunger Index:The challenge of hunger: Taming price spikes and excessive food price volatility

  • von Grebmer K
  • Torero M
  • Olofinbiyi T
  • Fritschel H
  • Wiesmann D
  • Yohannes Y
  • Schofield L
  • von Oppeln C
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Urgent actions needed to prevent recurring food crises

  • Fan S
  • Torero M
  • Headey D
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The impact of telecommunications privatization in Peru on the welfare of urban consumers

  • Torero M
  • Schroth E
  • Pasco´-Font A
Economia (2003)
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Professional experience

Division Director of the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA

January 2006 - Present

Associate Professor (Currently on leave)

Universidad del Pacífico, Economics Department, Postgraduate School

January 1999 - Present

Member of the Board of Directors, Director of the Executive Management Committee

Group of Analysis for Development (GRADE)

January 1997 - Present

Senior Research Fellow if the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA

January 2005 - January 2006 (a year)

Research Fellow in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), USA

January 2003 - January 2005 (2 years)

Senior Researcher

Georg Foster von Humboldt Fellow

January 2001 - January 2003 (2 years)

Associate Researcher

Institute for Social Science and Research, University of California at Los Angeles

January 1994 - January 2003 (9 years)

Associate Researcher

Center for Development Research (ZEF)-University of Bonn (Invited Fellow)

January 1998 - January 2000 (2 years)

Teaching Assistant

UCLA Department of Economics

January 1994 - January 1997 (3 years)

Lecturer

Department of Economics, Universidad del Pacifico, Peru

January 1990 - January 1992 (2 years)

Education history

University of California at Los Angeles, Institute of Social Science Research

Post Doctorate

August 1998 - September 1999 (a year)

University of California Los Angeles

Ph.D. in Economics

September 1996 - September 1998 (2 years)

University of California Los Angeles

M.A. in Economics

September 1991 - September 1993 (2 years)