Bob Baulch is the Leader of IFPRI’s Country Strategy Support Program in Malawi. He received his PhD in agricultural and development economics from Stanford University’s Food Research Institute in 1994, and has worked in 22 developing countries in Africa, Asia and the Pacific. Bob’s research has focused on poverty dynamics and food price analysis. His other interests include agricultural marketing, aid, human development, and sustainable urban development. Bob was a fellow of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in the UK from 1995 to 2008, and was then based in Vietnam (mostly recently as an associate professor at RMIT University Vietnam) until February 2016. He has published three books, 10 book chapters and more than 25 refereed journal articles. His most recent book is Why Poverty Persists: Poverty Dynamics in Asia and Africa (2011, Edward Elgar Publishing).