William H. Meyers
William H. Meyers is currently Emeritus Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics at the University of Missouri and Adjunct Professor at School of Economics, Management and Statistics, University of Bologna. He was the Howard Cowden Professor of Agricultural and Applied Economics and Director of CAFNR International Programs from 2011 to 2017, 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, an MS degree from the University of the Philippines, and a BA 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 from 1979 to 2013. 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 University of Bologna, 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, Hungary 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 or co-editor of 14 books and monographs, including co-author of “Refocusing Agricultural and Rural Development Policies in Ukraine: Action Plan for the Road Ahead” by IBI and USAID (2005), co-editor of “Handbook on International Food and Agricultural Policies”, World Scientific Press (2017). 544 pages, “Transition to Agricultural Market Economies: The Future of Kazakhstan, Russia 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).