Máximo Torero

Title: Chief Economist

Biography

Mr. Maximo Torero Cullen is the Chief Economist of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). He joined the Organization in January 2019 as Assistant Director-General for the Economic and Social Development Department. Prior to joining FAO, he was the World Bank Group Executive Director for Argentina, Bolivia, Chile Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay since November 2016 and before the Bank Mr. Torero led the Division of the Markets, Trade, and Institutions at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). His major research work lies mostly in analyzing poverty, inequality, importance of geography and assets (private or public) in explaining poverty, and in policies oriented towards poverty alleviation based on the role played by infrastructure, institutions, and on how technological breakthroughs (or discontinuities) can improve the welfare of households and small farmers. His experience encompasses Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia.

Mr. Torero, a national of Peru, holds a Ph.D. and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of the Pacific, Lima, Peru. He is a professor on leave at the University of the Pacific, Perú, and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at University of Bonn, Germany, and has also published in top journals (QJE, Econometric Theory, AER-Applied Microeconomics, RSTAT, Labor Economics and many other top journals).

Mr. Torero has received in 2000 the Georg Foster Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, won the Award for Outstanding Research on Development given by the Global Development Network, twice, in 2000 and in 2002, and received the Chevalier de l'Ordre du Mérite Agricole in 2014.

For more information, visit: https://maximotorero.com/

Speeches/Writings

Project Syndicate: Ending Hunger Sustainably

Saving the planet does not have to come at the expense of feeding the poor, and vice versa. If governments can implement a series of...

Indigenous Lessons for Sustainable Food (Español)

Este año, mientras se producía uno de los informes insignia de la FAO sobre seguridad alimentaria a nivel mundial, surgió una gran pregunta: ¿por qué...

Thomson Reuters: COVID-19 Imperils Rural Areas But, with Help, Farmers Can Recover

In a zeal to repair the pandemic's economic and social damage, governments have made dramatic spending pledges. And yet, a crucial segment of the population...

iAgua Magazine: Water Shortage Threatens Food Security and Nutrition (Español)

En diversas regiones del mundo, los retornos del riego hacia ríos y acuíferos contribuyen a la creación y conservación de humedales, áreas boscosas y otros...

China Investment: COVID-19 Has Shown Us Inequality and How to Treat It

The coronavirus recession, the worst recession in four decades, will have lasting consequences of tremendous magnitude. It is not a normal recession, as it was...

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In the media

World Radio Switzerland

FAO's Chief Economist Maximo Torero talks "World Food Day"

Bloomberg

Equality: FAO’s Chief Economist on Global Food Outlook

The Washington Post

Pandemic-Driven Hunger Is Making the World More Unequal

Bloomberg

Global Food Prices May Ease Next Year After Recent Surge

CNN International (Español)

Los Precios De Alimentos Suben A Nivel Global (Food Prices Rise Globally)

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