Prof. Randy Stringer Retires

We recently bid farewell to Prof. Randy Stringer who retired from his position at GFAR at the end of last year.

Prof. Stringer started his career as an Associate Research Scientist and lecturer in Agricultural Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Land Tenure Center. His first stint at the University of Adelaide was from 1996 to 2001 as the Deputy Director of the then Centre for International Economic Studies, managing research programs and lecturing in the School of Economics. He then moved to Rome, Italy to work for Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations as the Director of the Comparative Studies Service, Agricultural and Development Economics Division. At FAO, Randy’s service produced FAO’s flagship publication, the State of Food and Agriculture, focusing on biotechnology, trade and poverty and environmental services.

Prof. Stringer moved back to Adelaide in 2007 and was instrumental in setting up the first Masters in Agribusiness program at the Waite Campus along with Prof. Wendy Umberger. Over the past thirty years, Prof. Stringer has taught, published and conducted research and policy analysis on agricultural development, natural resource management, food security, land tenure, rural development, poverty and environmental issues in Australia, Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America.

At GFAR, Prof. Stringer has led multiple domestic and international development research projects including projects for Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) on transforming markets for high-value agricultural commodities in Indonesia, improving production practices of cocoa farmers in Vanuatu and linking them to high-value markets, policy research to support natural resource management in Indonesia’s upland landscapes, development of value chain innovation platforms to improve coffee production practices in Eastern Africa and link them with premium markets in Australia.

Over his career Prof. Stringer has supervised more than 20 PhD students including 13 during his time at GFAR. He will continue to supervise his current PhD students. He will be an Adjunct Professor with us and will continue to work on his existing research projects and will continue to give guest lectures in our Master’s program.

We are forever grateful to Prof. Stringer for his contributions to GFAR and we wish him the very best for this new chapter of his life.

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