Brent M. Simpson

Brent M. Simpson

Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.S., Michigan State University
B.S., Colorado State University

Former Associate Professor, International Development

Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Michigan State University

MSU/AFRE Faculty 2003 - 2014
FAO Rome, Italy

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Biographical Information

Brent Simpson’s international career began as an aquaculture extension agent with the Peace Corps in the D.R.C. (Zaire, 1984-1986). He joined MSU in 2003, initially serving as the Assistant Director of the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, and later in the Institute of International Agriculture and CANR Dean’s Office leading and supporting development of international initiatives of the college.

Prior to joining MSU, he worked as an independent consultant, served as Senior Scientist and Program Leader for Technology Transfer and Systems Development with the Africa Rice Center, Cote d’Ivoire, and as Lecturer and Convener of the Rural Policy and Project Planning Program, Institute of Social Studies, The Netherlands.

He continues to collaborate with research centers of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and provides advisory services to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N., the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the U.S. Agency for International Development, the World Bank, the WWF among others. He has worked in over 20 countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa.  He worked at a Senior Natural Resource Management Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Investment Center. November 2016

Professional Interests

  • Agricultural adaptation to climate change, mitigation through small-holder carbon sequestration efforts, and development of biofuel systems
  • Evolution of agricultural systems and the transfer, dissemination and adaptation of technical and social innovations
  • Capacity-building of farmer organizations and market integration