Edwin Price

 Current Appointment 

Howard G. Buffett Endowed Chair on Conflict and Development and Director, Center on Conflict and Development, Department of Agricultural Economics, Texas A&M University.  Teach AGEC 408, 608, 420 & 620.  Academic, research and extension activities are focused on the economics of armed conflict, international development and foreign assistance.  Lead and administer international research and development activities funded by the US Agency for international Development, the World Bank, and the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

Other Professional Contributions

Established in 2010 a path-breaking program of research, teaching and international development for regions in armed conflict, now with cumulative investment of $120 M.; named Howard G. Buffett Endowed Chair and founding Director of Center on Conflict and Development. Center was selected in 2012 from 307 university applicants to become a USAID Higher Education Solutions Network Laboratory. Founded in 2006 the Borlaug Institute for International

Agriculture, building by 2012 a $73.9 M portfolio. Authored and achieved passage of PL 106-373, Famine Prevention and Freedom from Hunger Improvement Act of 2000, modernizing the partnership of the US government with land grant universities for international agricultural development.  Organized and led the 1998 Inaugural Symposium for the George Bush Presidential Library Center, Agriculture and Sustainable Development: China and its Trading Partners.  Was founding economist member of the International Rice-based Cropping Systems Network (1975), publishing the seminal guide for cropping systems research.  Served as the advisor to the Federal Reserve Board on consumer food prices and agricultural production; improved critical food production indices from USDA estimation methods.  As Peace Corp Volunteer in 1962, formed first 4-H Clubs and national 4-H program standards in Malaysia.

Selected publications

  • Price, Edwin C., Jr. (1964). “Sarawak”, National Geographic, 126(3), pp. 334-338.
  • Price, E. C. (1974). “The Z-Goods Model of Economic Development”. Abstr. American
  • Economic Review. Proceedings of International Agricultural Economics Conference, Sao
  • Paulo, Brazil, August, 1973.
  • Zandstra, Hubert, Edwin Price, James Litsinger, and R. A. Morris (1981). A Methodology for
  • Cropping Systems Research. International Rice Research Institute, Los Banos, Philippines.


Price, E., S. Kibriya, S. and Y. Zhang, Y. (2013) "The Dilemma of Biodiversity and

     Specialization in Agricultural Development", Journal of Development and Agricultural

     Economics. Vol. 5(5), pp. 168-173.


Price, Edwin C., Joseph N, King, and Shahriar Kabriya. (2014) “Building Agriculture Value

     Chains in Conflict Prone Environments: Iraq and Democratic Republic of Congo,”

     Wageningen International Chain and Network Management Conference. Anacapri, Italy.


Chen, J., Kibriya, S., Bessler, D., & Price, E. (2015).  A Causal Exploration of Food Price

     Shocks and Conflict in Sudan. Under Review: Journal of Policy Modeling.


Bessler, D. A., Kibriya, S., Chen, J., & Price, E. (2016). On Forecasting Conflict in the Sudan:

     2009–2012. Journal of Forecasting35(2), 179-188.


Price, E., King, J., & Whitney, K.  (2017). "Agricultural Extension in Iraq, 2003-2012:

     Perspectives of US Partnerships during Conflict". Building Agricultural Extension Capacity in Post-Conflict Settings. CABI, Oxfordshire, UK.


Curriculum Vitae



Ph.D. University of Kentucky, Agricultural Economics


M.A. Yale University, SE Asia Studies. Major: Economics and Indonesian Language and Culture


B.S.  University of Florida, Agricultural Science. Major: Agricultural Economics

Past Appointments


2006 - 2012

Founding Director of the Norman Borlaug Institute, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University

1994 - 2012

Assistant/Associate Vice Chancellor for International Agriculture, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Texas A&M University

1985 – 1994

Assistant Vice President for International Research and Development/

Associate Dean of Agriculture and Professor, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oregon State University.

1975 - 1985

Senior Scientist, International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños,


1972 - 1975

Senior Economist, US Federal Reserve System Board of Governors,

Washington, D.C.


Awards and Honors

Awards / Professional Activities (25 plus in career)

2017-Present   Member, US Department of State Advisory Council on Stabilization.

2014-Present   Member, Board of Directors, World Coffee Research

2013-Present   Member, Board of Directors, Norman Borlaug Foundation

2012-Present   Chair, Board of Directors, Conflict and Development Foundation

2006                George H. W. Bush Presidential Award for Outstanding International Service

2000                Assoc. Int’l Agriculture & Rural Development Award for Outstanding Service

1987-1992       Chair, Joint Committee on Agricultural and Rural Development, Board for International Food and Agriculture Development (USAID/University oversight body on international agriculture)