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Collaborations of Professor A. Sarris in the past

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, Rome, Italy

Director, Trade and Markets Division, May, 2003 to July 2010. Managed and supervised the work and activities of a FAO Division of about 75 people (40 professional and 35 support staff), involved in world agricultural commodity market analysis and policy, international agricultural trade analysis and policy, and the global early warning system for food crises. Frequent liaison and interaction with FAO member governments and their senior representatives, as well as senior international civil servants. Has managed a process of restructuring and strategy formulation in the Division, that has resulted in considerable reorientation of the work programme and outputs.


World Bank, Washington DC, USA

2002. From January 2002 to July 2002 visiting research fellow in the research and rural development departments of the World Bank, working on commodity risk management issues.


Commission of the European Communities

1992-93: DG II. Member, expert group on the evaluation of the Common Agricultural Policy.

1993-94. DG II. Member, ACE evaluation panel.

1994-95. DG XIX, Member, expert group on monitoring and evaluation systems.

1996 Evaluation mission for the STABEX and structural adjustment programs in Tanzania.


Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Paris

1997: Expert on the topic of risk management systems for agricultural producers

2000. Consultant on regulatory reform in Greece and the macroeconomy


Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Development Centre, Paris

1997 Expert on the topic of the role of education in economic development in Tanzania.


Cornell University, Food and Nutrition Policy Program, Washington, D.C. 1988-1994

Part-time senior research associate, consultant. Led several research projects related to the impact of structural adjustment programs on the poor in African countries. Country case studies of Tanzania, Madagascar. Also involved in project concerning analysis of food security policies in Ghana. Organised and managed household and enterprise surveys.


Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London.

In 1988 prepared paper on food security and international security. In 1989 was co-director of a project concerning the impact of the 1992 EEC Internal Market Completion Program on the Greek economy.


International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Rome, Italy, 1987-1999.

In Summer 1987 prepared paper on impact of structural adjustment programs on the rural poor in sub-Saharan Africa. In October 1987 was mission leader of a special programming mission to Ghana. Mission did an agricultural sector assessment with a focus on rural smallholders and examined the impact on structural adjustment on the rural poor. It also did identification of agricultural projects. In Spring 1989 participated in project identification mission to Nigeria as a consultant on smallholder development. In 1993 prepared paper on economic analysis of drought in Africa. In 1997 consultant on the issue of targeting in poverty alleviation development projects. In 1999, consultant on evaluation of credit projects. In 1999 led evaluation mission of a credit project in Ghana. In 1999 consultant on evaluation methodology.


International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington D.C., July-August 1986

Visiting fellow. Worked on prospects of agricultural exports of developing countries to the EC in view of the GATT Round.


World Bank, Washington D.C.

August, 1980 - January, 1981: Part-time consultant. Prepared paper on uncertainty and industrialisation policy for developing countries. In September 1985 participated in structural adjustment mission to Niger, as a consultant on food security. In June 1988 was consultant on food security in Nigeria. In 1992 participated in research proposal preparation on food security and consumption smoothing in Africa. In 1999-2000 was member of International Task Force on Commodity Risk Management in developing countries. In 2000-2001 consultant on agricultural development strategy and rural poverty. In 2003 consultant on research project on price uncertainty, risk premium and implications for agricultural marketing margins in developing countries. In 2003 consultant on research project on migration in the Balkan region.


Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations Has undertaken various consulting and research assignments among which are the following:

1983. Assessed the relationship between food import policies and domestic stock policies for food security in developing countries.

1984. Assessed the impact of macro structural adjustment policies on agriculture in developing countries.

1984. Assessed the optimal level of world food stocks for food security.

1985. Assessed and proposed new methodologies for monitoring international agricultural adjustment.

1986. Assessed empirically the macro dynamic implications of structural adjustment programs for the agricultural sector of developing countries.

1989. Provided guidelines for monitoring the impact of structural adjustment programs on agriculture in developing countries.

1990. Assessed the impact of agricultural trade liberalisation on price instability and stocks of world cereal markets.

1992. Assessed the implications of structural adjustment programs for the Egyptian agricultural sector.

1993. Assessing the implications for agricultural taxation and growth of structural adjustment policies.

1994. Assessed the implications of consumption credit for structural adjustment and growth.

1994. Designed guidelines on how to do agricultural sector policy analysis.

1994. Designed forestry policy analysis project in Armenia.

1994-95. Advised Syrian government on agricultural sector policy.

1994-95. Advised the government of the Philippines on implementation of the GATT agreement on agriculture.

1996-97. Assessed empirically the changing pattern of world cereal market instability.

1997. Consultant on the issue of agricultural strategies of developing countries.

1997. Led mission to Mauritius and Madagascar to assess possibilities of closer agricultural cooperation between members of the Indian Ocean Commissions countries.

1997-98. Led mission to Slovenia to advise on agricultural policy in view of EU enlargement.

1998-99. Led mission to Bulgaria to advise on agroindustrial sector development strategy.

1999  Consultant on issues of rural development strategies

2000-2001  Consultant on agro-industrial development strategy in Syria

2011 Consultant on world food projections to 2050


University of California, Berkeley, California

Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Assistant professor, February, 1977 until June 1983. (On leave 1982-1983). Involved in various research projects in economic theory, international trade theory and policy, domestic and international commodity stabilisation policy, agricultural development economics, European integration, world food security, and others.


Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), Investment Center, Rome, Italy

December, 1981 - February, 1982: Consultant on preparation mission of cotton development project in the Philippines. Prepared an economic risk analysis of the Philippine cotton sector for use by the Asian Development Bank..


International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria

July-August 1978; September, 1979: Invited to participate in research on world agricultural modelling with the Food and Agriculture Program at IIASA.


Harvard University, Graduate School of Business, Cambridge, Massachusetts

September-October, 1976: Full-time Research Associate. Worked on a paper on the topic of application of modern control theory to the problem of international grain reserves.


Overseas Development Council

June-September, 1976: Consultant. Prepared report on the problem of world food security, food aid, and emergency stockpiles.


United Nations World Food Council, Rome, Italy

February-April, 1976: Full-time Consultant on world food security. Helped prepare background paper on world food security for ministerial meeting.


Center for Energy Policy, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts

August-September, 1975: Consultant on energy policy for New England. Constructed an input-output macroeconomic policy model for the New England energy economy.


Dynamics Associates, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Summer, 1974: Half-time Econometrics Consultant. Worked on constructing various econometric models for the paper industry.


National Bureau of Economic Research, Computer Research Center, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Summer,1972 - Fall, 1974: Intermittently, full-time or part-time Research Assistant. Worked on research in statistical estimation, econometrics, time series analysis, multiattributed utility theory, and optimal control applications to economics.


Computer Systems Engineering, Billerica, Massachusetts

Spring, 1972: Part-time Consultant. Taught course to company's research and development staff on optimal control theory. Consulted on problems of Air Traffic Control.


Other Short Consultancies

European Commission

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

World Bank, Washington, DC.

International Food Policy Research Institute, Washington, D.C.

East-West Center, Honolulu, Hawaii.

LDK Consultants (Athens), IDC Consultancy (France).


Country Field Experience (except Greece)

(Sponsoring Organisations in parentheses)

Egypt, 1980-82, (University of California, USAID). Several field missions in context of project on food security.

Niger, 1985, (World Bank). Food security consultant to structural adjustment mission.

Philippines, 1981, (FAO Investment Centre). Member of preparation mission for cotton development project.

Nigeria, 1988, (World Bank). Consultant of food security.

Ghana, 1987, (IFAD). Mission leader, special programming mission.

Nigeria, 1989, (IFAD). Member, project identification mission.

Madagascar, 1990-92, (Cornell University, USAID). Four missions in context of research project on structural adjustment. Also in 1997 mission in context of FAO project of closer agricultural cooperation within IOC.

Tanzania, 1989-93, (Cornell University, USAID). Seven missions in context of research project on impact of structural adjustment on the poor. Also in 1996 mission in context of evaluation of the EU Stabex and structural adjustment programs. 2003-2006 involved in project on rural household vulnerability and the demand for commodity price insurance.

Armenia, 1994, (FAO). Mission to design technical co-operation project in forestry sector.

Syria, 1994, (FAO). Mission to assess agricultural sector policy.

Philippines, 1994-95, (FAO). Three missions as consultant to Department of Agriculture.

Romania, 1996, (EC), Missions in context of project on  agricultural transformation

Tanzania 1996, (EC) Evaluation mission for the Stabex and Structural Adjustment Loans of the European Community to Tanzania (IDC Consultancy).

Bulgaria 1997-98 (EU). Mission in context of ACE research project.

Hungary 1997-98. (EU). Mission in context of ACE research project.

Mauritius 1997 (FAO) Mission in the context of closer IOC cooperation.

Estonia 1997. (LDK Consultants). Mission to advise on international agricultural trade policy.

Slovenia 1997-98 (FAO). Leader of several missions to advise on agricultural sector strategy.

Bulgaria 1998-99 (FAO). Leader of several missions to advise on agroindustrial sector development strategy

Ghana 1999 (IFAD) Mission leader. Evaluation of credit project

Syria 2000-2001 (FAO) Several missions in context of consultation on agroindustrial development strategy

Tanzania 2003-2005 (FAO) Several missions in the context of a FAO-World Bank project (I led the project) on rural household vulnerability and insurance against commodity risks.

India 2009-2010 (FAO) Worked with SEWA, an Indian NGO, on a field survey.

Ethiopia 2010- (I4) Several missions in the context of a research project sponsored by the Index Insurance Innovation Initiative (I4) on interlinking index insurance with credit for agricultural producers.