David Mather

David Mather

Telephone: 517 449 9694

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Assistant Professor, International Development
446 W. Circle Dr., Rm 219 Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039


Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.S., Michigan State University
B.A.,The University of the South

David Mather is a fixed-term assistant professor of International Development in AFRE, associated with the Food Security Group.  His research focuses on rural development and food policy issues in Sub-Saharan Africa and Central America.  Prior to his graduate studies, he worked at Development Alternatives Inc in Bethesda MD, the Center for Agricultural Export Development at the University of Kentucky, and as an English teacher in Madrid, Spain.  He is currently working on Guiding Investments in Sustainable Agricultural Intensification in Africa - GISAIA

Professional Interests

  • Rural poverty reduction strategies
  • Agricultural productivity growth and impact assessment of agricultural R&D
  • Smallholder participation in agricultural input and output markets
  • The role of government in agricultural input and output markets
  • Understanding the effects of HIV/AIDS on rural livelihoods, poverty, and child schooling and implications for rural development strategies


Tags: co-principal investigators, graduate student advisors

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