Nicholas W. Minot is Deputy Division Director in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division. Since joining IFPRI in 1997 as a post-doctoral fellow, he has carried out research on the agricultural market reform in Africa, fertilizer policy, fruit and vegetable markets, income diversification, and spatial patterns in poverty. He is the leader of a research program on strategies for promoting the participation of small farmers in high-value agricultural commodity supply chains.
He is currently working on a study of horticultural marketing in Indonesia, an evaluation of the impact of agricultural market information delivered by SMS in Ghana and Uganda, a project supporting the Agricultural Transformation Agency in Ethiopia, and the analysis of food price trends in sub-Saharan Africa. He recently returned from the IFPRI/Kampala office where he worked for two years.
Before joining IFPRI he taught at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign and worked as a policy adviser in Zimbabwe and as a survey analyst in Rwanda. He also carried out research on agricultural marketing in Bolivia, Cameroon, and Peru, on small enterprises in Laos, and on household budgets in Paraguay. A U.S. citizen, he received his Ph.D. and M.S. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University and his B.A. in international development from Brown University.