Todd Benson, who joined IFPRI in 1999 as a Research Fellow, conducts research on poverty, poverty mitigation, and household economic vulnerability both at the scale of the household and from broader spatial perspectives (poverty and vulnerability mapping). His research also explores the institutional frameworks within which food and nutrition security can be assured in sub-Saharan Africa.
Before coming to IFPRI, he was a geographer/socioeconomist in agricultural research with the government of Malawi focusing on soil fertility management in smallholder agricultural systems. Benson holds a B.A. in environmental studies and water resources from Cook College of Rutgers University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in geography from the University of Minnesota. He is a U.S. citizen.
Languages spoken: Chadian Arabic, English, French, Kiswahili