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Tom Reardon is a University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University. Tom has been at MSU since 1992; IFPRI Research Fellow 1986-1991; Rockefeller Foundation Post-Doc with IFPRI in Burkina Faso 1984-1986; Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1984, and masters from the Université de Nice and Columbia University. Tom is also Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI since 2022.
Tom researches the transformation of food value chains: (1) the “supermarket revolution” and the "food service revolution" (2) the “Quiet Revolution” in the “Hidden Middle”, a term coined by him for SMEs in the midstream of value chains; (3) R&D and farm inputs supply chain transformation; (4) e-commerce and food delivery intermediaries. He studies the impacts of these transformations on food industry business strategies, on farms, consumption/nutrition, and employment. Tom also researches “Rural Nonfarm Employment” inside and outside of food systems.
Tom works mainly in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and has stayed 21 years in those regions. His current field survey projects and primary data analysis are in Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania, and survey data analysis in Bangladesh, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, and Myanmar.
Tom is Fellow of Agricultural & Applied Economics Association (AAEA) and Honorary Life Member (equivalent of Fellow) of International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE). He has nearly 44,000 citations in Google Scholar with an H index of 96 as of March 2023. He ranks in the top 1.6% of 67,000 economists globally tracked by IDEAS/REPEC. Tom is in Who’s Who in Economics; was featured on the front page of the New York Times; was the first agrifood economist invitee to the World Economic Forum in Davos.
Tom teaches a graduate class on food systems organization (AFRE 841), a graduate class on agriculture in international development (AFRE 861), and an undergraduate class on international agrifood markets (AFRE 327) in fall semesters; he mentors doctoral and masters students (100 since 1992).
Selection of Articles: 2021/2022 through March 2023
Zilberman, D., A. Huang, L. Goldberg, T. Reardon. 2023. The evolution of symbiotic innovation, water, and agricultural supply chains. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. Published online March11. http://doi.org/10.1002/aepp.13342
Liverpool-Tasie, L.S.O., T. Reardon, C. Parkhi, M. Dolislager. 2023. Nigerians in poverty consume little wheat and wheat self-sufficiency programmes will not protect them from price shocks related to the Russia–Ukraine conflict. Nature Food. Accepted Feb2023.
Faye, N.F., T. Fall, T. Reardon, V. Theriault, Y. Ngom, M.B. Barry, M.R. Sy. 2023. Consumption of fruits and vegetables by types and sources across urban and rural Senegal. Journal of Agribusiness in Developing and Emerging Economies. Published online March11. https://doi.org/10.1108/JADEE-05-2022-0090
Reardon, T, R. Vos. 2023. How resilience innovations in food supply chains are revolutionizing logistics, wholesale trade, and farm services in developing countries. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review. Published in press February 2023. https://doi.org/10.22434/IFAMR2022.0138
Naziri, D., B. Belton, S.A. Loison, T. Reardon, K.M. Shikuku, W. Kaguongo, K. Maina, E. Ogello, K. Obiero. 2023. COVID-19 disruptions and pivoting in SMEs in the hidden middle of Kenya’s potato and fish value chains. International Food and Agribusiness Management Review. Accepted Feb2023.
Barrett, C.B., T. Reardon, J. Swinnen, D. Zilberman. 2022. Agri-food Value Chain Revolutions in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. Journal of Economic Literature. 60(4): 1316-1377. https://doi.org/10.1257/jel.20201539
Macchiavello, R., T. Reardon, T. Richards. 2022. Empirical Industrial Organization Economics to Analyze Developing Country Food Value Chains. Annual Review of Resource Economics. 14, October: 193-220. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev-resource-101721-023554
Parkhi, C.M., LSO Liverpool-Tasie, T. Reardon. 2022. Do smaller chicken farms use more antibiotics? Evidence on antibiotics diffusion from Nigeria. Agribusiness: An International Journal. September. http://doi.org/10.1002/agr.21770
Meemken, E-M., M.F. Bellemare, T. Reardon, C.M. Vargas. 2022. Research and policy for the food-delivery revolution. Science. 377(6608), August: 810-813. https://www.science.org/doi/10.1126/science.abo2182
Dolislager, M. LSO Liverpool-Tasie, N.M. Mason, T. Reardon, D. Tschirley. 2022. Consumption of healthy and unhealthy foods by the African poor: evidence from Nigeria, Tanzania, and Uganda. Agricultural Economics. August. https://doi.org/10.1111/agec.12738.
Zilberman, D., T. Reardon, J. Silver, L. Lu, A. Heiman. 2022. From the Lab to the Consumer: Innovation, Supply Chain, and Adoption with Applications to Natural Resources. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science of the USA (PNAS). 119(23)e2115880119. Published online June1. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2115880119
Maredia, M.K., Adenikinju, A., Belton, B., Chapoto, A., Faye, N.F., Liverpool-Tasie, S., Olwande, J., Reardon, T., Theriault, V., Tschirley, D. 2022. COVID-19's impacts on incomes and food consumption in urban and rural areas are surprisingly similar: Evidence from five African countries, Global Food Security. 33, 100633. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2022.100633
Heiman, A., T. Reardon, D. Zilberman. 2022. The effects of COVID-19 on the adoption of “on-the-shelf technologies”: Virtual dressing room software and the expected rise of third-party reverse-logistics firms. Service Science. Published online March 8. https://doi.org/10.1287/serv.2022.0300
Zimmerer, K.S., C.S. Duvall, E.C. Jaenicke, L.M. Minaker, T. Reardon, K.C. Seto. 2021. Urbanization and agrobiodiversity: Leveraging a key nexus for sustainable development. One Earth. (Cell Press) Perspective. 4(11) November 19: 1557-1568. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oneear.2021.10.012
Meyer, F., T. Reardon, T., M. van der Merwe, D. Jordaan, M. Delport, G. van der Burgh. 2021. Hotspots of vulnerability: Analysis of food value chain disruptions by COVID-19 policies in South Africa. Agrekon, 60(4), December. https://doi.org/10.1080/03031853.2021.2007779
Reardon, T., L.S.O. Liverpool-Tasie, B. Minten. 2021. Quiet Revolution by SMEs in the midstream of value chains in developing regions: wholesale markets, wholesalers, logistics, and processing. Food Security. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12571-021-01224-1
Meemken, E-M., C.B. Barrett, H.C. Michelson, M. Qaim, T. Reardon, J. Sellare. 2021. Sustainability standards in global agrifood supply chains. Nature Food. 2: 758-765. https://doi.org/10.1038/s43016-021-00360-3
Sauer, C.M., T. Reardon, D. Tschirley, S. Liverpool-Tasie, T. Awokuse, R. Alphonce, D. Ndyetabula, & B. Waized. 2021. Consumption of processed food & food away from home in big cities, small towns, and rural areas of Tanzania. Agricultural Economics, 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1111/agec.12652
Reardon, T., A. Heiman, L. Lu, CSR Nuthalapati, R. Vos, D. Zilberman. 2021. “Pivoting” by food industry firms to cope with COVID-19 in developing regions: e-commerce and “co-pivoting” delivery-intermediaries. Agricultural Economics. 52(3), June. https://doi.org/10.1111/agec.12631
Reardon, T., B. Belton, LSO Liverpool-Tasie, L. Lu, CSR Nuthalapati, O. Tasie, D. Zilberman. 2021. E-Commerce’s Fast-Tracking Diffusion and Adaptation in Developing Countries. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. 02 March. https://doi.org/10.1002/aepp.13160
Liverpool-Tasie, S.L.O., A. Sanou, T. Reardon, B. Belton. 2021. Demand for Imported versus Domestic Fish in Nigeria: Panel Data Evidence. Journal of Agricultural Economics. 1-23. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/1477-9552.12423
Reardon, T., D. Tschirley, L.S.O. Liverpool-Tasie, T. Awokuse, J. Fanzo, B. Minten, R. Vos, M. Dolislager, C. Sauer, R. Dhar, C. Vargas, A. Lartey, A. Raza, B.M. Popkin 2021. The processed food revolution in African food systems and the double burden of malnutrition. Global Food Security 28: 100466. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gfs.2020.100466
Liverpool-Tasie, L.S.O, T. Reardon, B. Belton. 2021. “Essential non-essentials”: COVID-19 policy missteps in Nigeria rooted in persistent myths about African food value chains. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. 43(1), March: 205-224. https://doi.org/10.1002/aepp.13139
MSU Thomas Reardon featured in The Guardian
Published on November 3, 2023
Confluence of climate, violence, disease, and cost shocks: vulnerability of and impacts on Nigerian Maize Traders
Published on September 6, 2023
Heterogeneous consumption patterns of fruits and vegetables in Nigeria: A panel data analysis
Published on July 14, 2023
Rapid Reconnaissance of the Value Chains for Tomato and Green Leafy Vegetables in Nigeria
Published on May 22, 2023
COVID-19 disruptions and pivoting in SMEs in the hidden middle of Kenya’s potato and fish value chains
Published on April 19, 2023
The evolution of symbiotic innovation, water, and agricultural supply chains
Published on March 23, 2023
Consumption of fruits and vegetables by types and sources across urban and rural Senegal
Published on March 14, 2023