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Suresh Babu

Suresh Chandra Babu is a senior research fellow and senior adviser at IFPRI, where he heads the Training and Capacity-Strengthening Program and coordinates the South Asia Initiative. Before joining IFPRI in 1992, Babu was a research economist at Cornell University, USA. From 1989 to 1994 he was in Malawi, where he was senior food policy adviser to the Malawi Ministry of Agriculture; an evaluation economist for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)-Malawi; coordinator of the UNICEF/IFPRI food security program in Malawi; and a senior Lecturer at the Bunda College of Agriculture. Babu has conducted development research for many bilateral and international organizations and has written or cowritten numerous journal articles and book chapters. Babu was educated at Agricultural Universities in Tamil Nadu, India (B.S., agriculture; M.S., agriculture) and at Iowa State University, USA (M.S. and Ph.D., economics).


  • Food Security


  • Ph.D (Iowa State University)

Library Articles

Improving the Food Policy Process Lessons from Capacity Strengthening of Parliamentarians in Ghana

"Evidence-based policymaking has been a critical aspect of development strategy for more than 20 years in developing countries. Yet the assumption that policymakers will automatically adopt and use evidence made available to them in the process of policymaking may not be valid in all contexts. Strengthening the key actors and players of the policy process is one way to improve evidence-...