Steven Franzel is a principal agricultural economist with the World Agroforestry Center and has worked for the Center for the past 18 years. He currently leads a global research project on marketing tree products for smallholders. His main research interests include smallholder farming systems, natural resources management, adoption and dissemination of innovations, policy analysis, participatory research, fodder trees and impact assessment.
Before working for ICRAF he worked for five years for the Ethiopia Institute of Agricultural Research in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on secondment from the World Bank Agricultural Development Service. He also worked for Development Alternatives Inc., Washington, D.C. for three years.
Franzel received his Ph.d. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University in 1983. His publications include 42 refereed journal articles and 6 books. He is a citizen of the United States and is married with two children.