Melinda Smale

Melinda Smale
Telephone: 703-231-8492

Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics


446 W. Circle Dr., Rm 219
Justin S Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

Area of Expertise:

Development Economics


Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park
M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
B.A., Duke University

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Melinda Smale joined the Food Security Group at Michigan State in 2011 as a fixed-term faculty member, after working for a number of years with researchers in developing countries through the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). From 2002, as a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Economist at Bioversity International, she led a global research program about the impacts of biotech crops, agricultural biodiversity, local seed markets, and underutilized crops. She conducted extensive research in Uganda and Mali. From 1989 to 2000, while living in Malawi and later in Mexico, she analyzed the adoption and impacts of improved wheat and maize seed for the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT). During the 1980s, Melinda worked in Pakistan, Somalia, Mauritania and Niger on shorter-term assignments for CIMMYT, Chemonics International, Volunteers in Technical Assistance (VITA), and USAID. She has served as an Honorary Fellow with Bioversity International, on the Advisory Committee of the Collaborative Crops Research Program of the McKnight Foundation, and on the editorial committees of several journals. She has worked on the following projects at MSU: 

Professional Interests

  • Adoption and impact processes for seed, including biotechnology, and improved crop management practices, including practices to rehabilitate soil fertility and moisture
  • Analysis of farm productivity
  • Crop biodiversity, on-farm and ex situ conservation of crop genetic resources
  • Formal and informal seed systems

Tags: co-principal investigators, fsp mali people, msu

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