Steve Wiggins is an agricultural economist who has for more than 40 years studied and taught agricultural and rural development, primarily in Africa and Latin America. After field work in Paraguay, Bolivia, El Salvador and Kenya he joined the University of Reading. Since 2002 he has been a research fellow at the Overseas Development Institute, London.
His interests centre on rural livelihoods, agricultural development, poverty reduction, and food and nutrition security. Current studies include linking smallholders to markets, obesity in the developing world, and the role of agriculture in growth and economic transformation.
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