Maximo Torero is the Division Director of the Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute and leader of the theme on Linking Small Producers to Markets in the CGIAR research program on Policies, Institutions, and Markets. His major research work lies mostly in linking farmers to dynamic markets, solving the ongoing challenges of global food security, volatile food prices, extreme weather shocks, famine, and conflict and unrest, analyzing poverty, inequality, importance of geography and assets (private or public) in explaining poverty, and in policies oriented towards poverty alleviation of rural areas based on the role played by agriculture, infrastructure, institutions, and on how technological breakthroughs (or discontinuities) in agriculture can improve the welfare of households and small farmers. His experience encompasses Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. Dr. Torero received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, held a postdoctoral fellow position at the UCLA Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), and is a professor on leave at the Universidad del Pacífico and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at University of Bonn, Germany. He has won the World Award for Outstanding Research on Development given by the Global Development Network (GDN) twice.