Carl K. Eicher

Carl K. Eicher

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Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Ph.D., 1961. Harvard University
M.S., 1955. Michigan State University
B.S., 1952. Michigan State University


Biographical Information 

Carl K. Eicher, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University.  Carl Eicher’s career was devoted to training students, building institutions and helping develop applied agricultural research capacity throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.  He served as Visiting Professor at the University of Nigeria (1963-66), Stanford University (1968) and the University of Zimbabwe (1983-87).  

In 1963, he helped establish the Economic Development Institute at the University of Nigeria and subsequently served as the Director of the Institute from 1964 to 1966.  He received the Foreign Francqui Prize, University of Leuven, Belgium in 1986 and he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree by the University of Zimbabwe in 1998.  

After retirement, his dedication to African development continued through his work with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the World Bank, the Kellogg Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and African organizations such the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).


Student Mentoring

Teaching Experience at MSU

  • Professor Eicher was a pioneer in teaching over many years a graduate course on Agriculture in Economic Development.  He also developed and taught a development-related undergraduate course (EEP 260: World Food, Population and Poverty)

Pubs Online

Publication Listings (with many downloadable)

MSU and Related Publication Series Which Professor Eicher Helped Develop at MSU Over His Career

Notable Docs/Pres