Cynthia Donovan

Cynthia Donovan

Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.S., University of Minnesota
B.A., Swarthmore College

Associate Professor, International Development

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

446 W. Circle Dr., Rm 321
Justin S Morrill Hall of Agriculture
East Lansing, MI 48824-1039

517 432 2664, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Biographical Information

Dr. Donovan is an Associate Professor in International Development in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics, having joined MSU in 1999.  She has been involved with research, training and outreach in developing countries since 1981, including research positions with the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, and the West African Rice Development Association (WARDA, now known as Africa Rice) of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. 

Dr. Donovan is currently Deputy Director of the Feed the Future Innovation Lab on Collaborative Research for Grain Legumes (Legume Innovation Lab and a member of the Core Faculty of the African Studies Center at MSU. With the Legume Innovation Lab Director, she currently manages a $25 million multidisciplinary research and training portfolio with US and developing country researchers, across 20 countries in Latin America and Africa.  She also is a researcher on the MOZCAPAN project, a USAID-funded policy research and development project in Mozambique working with the Ministry of Agriculture and University of Eduardo Mondlane.  She has extensive experience in West, East, and Southern Africa, as well as Asia and Latin America.

Research and Outreach Interests

  • Market development and smallholder participation
  • Market information systems
  • Agriculture and nutrition linkages
  • Impact assessment of policies, investments, and shocks