John Staatz is professor emeritus of agricultural, food, and resource economics and of African studies at Michigan State University. He has worked on issues of African economic development for 36 years, with special focus on West Africa. He conducts research and works with graduate students and African colleagues in the areas of food policy, food system organization and performance, food security, economic development, institutional change, information economics, and regional trade and marketing.

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The United Nations’ first global assessment of the planet’s land resources makes for grim reading when it comes to agriculture. It warns that a quarter of all farmland is already highly degraded at a time when the world’s population is growing exponentially. The UN estimates that farmers need to produce 70 percent more food by […]

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