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: A Post-War Playbook for a Post-COVID Recovery

The pandemic’s impact on major economies has so far been four times worse than that of the 2008 global financial crisis, while entire sections of...

The Times of India: Recognizing Water's Value Will Help Us Use it Wisely

“Water is the driving force of all nature.” So said Leonardo da Vinci, and the legendary genius was hardly the only person to notice its...

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In the media

CNN International (Español)

América Latina Sufre De Inseguridad Alimentaria Por COVID19 (Latin America Suffers From Food Insecurity Due To COVID19)

El País (Español)

Hemos perdido una década en la lucha contra la pobreza extrema (We Have Lost a Decade in the Fight Against Extreme Poverty)

Voice of America

UN Warns Disasters Wreak Havoc With Food Production

Financial Times

Speaking at the UN’s first International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste this September, Maximo Torero, chief economist at the FAO, noted that...

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