Thomas Jayne

Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University.

Thomas Jayne’s career has been devoted to working with African colleagues to respond to the continent’s agricultural policy challenges. Jayne is University Foundation Professor of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics at Michigan State University. He is a Fellow of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA), the African Association of Agricultural Economists, and a Lifetime Honorary Member of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. His work focuses on food systems resilience and transformation, land markets, sustainable agricultural intensification, and institutional capacity development. He has mentored dozens of young African professionals and supported the development of African-led agricultural policy research institutes. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute in Lusaka, Zambia and a board member of several African research organizations and networks.

Since 2019, Jayne has been seconded to the African Development Bank, serving as Special Advisor to the President. He has received numerous research excellence awards, including the 2009 Outstanding Article Award in Agricultural Economics and the 2017 AAEA Bruce Gardner Memorial Prize for Applied Policy Analysis. He plays guitar and digeridoo in a band called Whorled.