William H. Meyers
William H. Meyers is the Director of CAFNR International Programs and Howard Cowden Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Missouri. He was the Interim Director for the Division of Applied Social Sciences in 2011 and Co-Director, Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri (FAPRI-MU) from 2003 to 2010. He holds a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree from the University of the Philippines, and a bachelor’s degree from Goshen College.
Prior to coming to MU, Dr. Meyers was a Professor of Economics at Iowa State University (ISU), where he lived and worked most of the time since 1979. He was Director, Agriculture and Economic Development Division of the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations from July 1999 to July 2002 while on leave from ISU. He was Visiting Consultant at the World Bank from January to June 1999, Interim Director of the Center for Agricultural and Rural Development (CARD) from 1996 to 1998, Associate Director of CARD from 1985 to 1996, Co-Director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at Iowa State University from 1984 to 1998, and Executive Director of the Midwest Agribusiness Trade Research and Information Center from 1987 to 1998. He has been an Agricultural Economist at the USDA Economic Research Service, a Research Fellow at the International Rice Research Institute, a Visiting Professor at the University of Kiel, and has directed USAID-funded projects in Ukraine, Hungary, Indonesia, Zambia, Jamaica, and Honduras. He has also worked extensively on agricultural and rural policy studies in Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, and Ukraine after they regained independence. Dr. Meyers has authored numerous publications on trade, agricultural and rural policy, commodity market analysis, and transition economics.
He is co-author of “Refocusing Agricultural and Rural Development Policies in Ukraine: Action Plan for the Road Ahead” by IBI and USAID (2005) and co-editor of three books: “Transition to Agricultural Market Economies: The Future of Kazakhstan, Russian, and Ukraine” by CAB International (2015), “Exchange Rate Volatility and Agricultural Trade” by Captus Press (2002) and “Lithuania’s Accession to the European Union: Successes and Challenges for a Rural Economy in Transition” by Iowa State University Press (1999).