Kenneth Baum is the Senior Environmental Economist in the U.S. Agency for International Development, and is currently seated in the Office of Agriculture in the Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade.Dr. Baum
, a Phi Beta Kappa, received his
PhD in Economics at Iowa State University
with minors in Agricultural and Natural Resources Policy and Statistics/Econometrics.He
received a M.S in Urban Studies from the University of Chicago
after completing coursework in anthropology for a M.S in comparative economic systems at Northwestern
.He is the CTO and manager for the second phase of the Environmental Policy and Institutional Training IQC (EPIQ II).Prior to joining USAID, Dr. Baum was seconded from USDA to the World Bank from 1989 to 1991 to lead strategic planning activities on sustainable agriculture, water resource, and forestry policy.From 1980 to 1989, Dr. Baum held a number of research and management positions at USDA in the Economic Research Service (ERS) including Section Leader for Farm Policy Analysis Systems, Section Leader for Farm Costs and Returns, Chief of the Livestock Branch, and Deputy Director for the Natural Resources and Environment Division.
During this period, Dr. Baum
was awarded the Administrator,s Special Merit Award twice for Outstanding Research and again for Program Planning and Design.Before joining USDA, Dr. Baum was an Assistant Professor at Virginia Tech where he supervised over $1 million in funded research programs.Dr. Baum
is well known professionally and has published a book on ,Modeling Farm Decisions for Policy Analysis,, has authored over 50 refereed articles, and has presented over 100 papers at professional meetings.