Timothy A. Wise, policy research director at the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University, brings a provocative new perspective on food security by focusing on the poorly understood connections linking food, fuel, and financial markets in the context of a changing climate. His project will follow the trail of maize outward from the United States into developing countries, to illustrate how market distortions from U.S. biofuels and commodity speculation affect the developing world. Demand for land is now driven less by food needs, he contends, and increasingly by largely unregulated commodities markets and the rapidly growing biofuels industry. At a time of high and volatile crop prices, this can lead to rising food insecurity. He will conduct his research in Latin America and Africa.
Wise is the co-author of Confronting Globalization: Economic integration and popular resistance in Mexico (2003) and The Promise and the Perils of Agricultural Trade Liberalization: Lessons from Latin America (2008).