David Mather

David Mather

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Assistant Professor
Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics



Ph.D., Michigan State University
M.S., Michigan State University
B.A.,The University of the South

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David Mather is a fixed-term Assistant Professor of International Development in AFRE, associated with the Food Security Group. His research focuses on rural development and food policy issues in sub-Saharan Africa, Southeast Asia and Central America. Prior to his graduate studies, he worked at Development Alternatives Inc in Bethesda MD, the Center for Agricultural Export Development at the University of Kentucky, and as an English teacher in Madrid, Spain. He is currently working on Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy Research, Capacity, and Influence.

Professional Interests

  • Rural poverty reduction strategies

  • Survey-based program evaluation and cost-benefit analysis

  • Agricultural technology adoption and impact assessment of agricultural R&D

  • Smallholder participation in agricultural input and output markets and supply response

  • The role of government in agricultural input and output market performance

  • Rural household income determinants and pathways out of poverty

  • Understanding the effects of adult mortality on rural household income, assets, and child schooling

  • Consumption and nutrition linkages to household livelihoods