Deep Ford

Added on 20th June 2011

Deep  Ford is presently Senior Economist, Investment Centre, at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome, Italy. He is also a Member of the Ad HocTask Force on Small Island Developing States. Deep played a pivotal role in the creation of the St. Stanislaus Farm.

Academic background

Associate Professor of Agricultural Economics Emeritus

“ ‘Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.’ This quote from Johann von Goethe was central to my work at the University of Vermont and was the main reason I encouraged students to be concerned about the relevance and usefulness of their work while at the university and beyond. This led to seeking opportunities and accompanying UVM students to many overseas destinations to conduct research using tools they were learning in the classroom. In most cases, problems investigated resulted from discussions with the government’s of the respective countries in which the students were conducting their research. This practice resulted in the establishment of the first UVM faculty led research semester abroad for all students, and in particular students of International Development.” 
— J.R. Deep Ford

Education: B.A., 1971, State University of New York-Brockport; M.A., 1973, McMaster University; Ph.D., 1979, Purdue University.

UVM Career: Assistant Professor, 1987-1993; Associate Professor, 1993-2000.

Key Scholarly Interests: Economic development policy; food policy; poverty alleviation; trade and investment policy.

Publication Highlights: Numerous book chapters, articles, and technical documents related to agricultural economic development, small farmer development, food policy, and trade policy. My most recent and most important publications are as follows, respectively:

“The Agricultural Dimension of the ACP-EU Economic Partnership Agreements,” Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, 2006.

“Domestic Resource Costs and Development Policy: The Case of Guyana’s Milk Supply Sector.” Agricultural Systems 15, Elsevier Applied Science Publishers, England, 1984.

Teaching/Research/Memberships: Caribbean Agricultural Economics Society, member; American Agricultural Economics Association, member.

Other Professional Experience: Visiting Scholar, Food Research Institute, Stanford University, 1994. Worked as a consultant throughout my career with international agencies such as USAID, Commonwealth Secretariat, International Development Research Council (Canada), Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Organization of American States (OAS), World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) and many others. Senior Economist, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, Commodities and Trade Division.

Awards and Honors: The Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award (UVM), 1992; and the Joseph E. Carrigan Award for Excellence in Teaching and Undergraduate Education (CALS), 1992.

Community Service: Served on the board of Toward Freedom, a Burlington based monthly review on global events; Essex Community Athletics coach (soccer, tennis); Burlington Soup Kitchen.


Food and Agriculture Organization of the United States | Worldwide Offices | Dominican Republic
Science Direct | Guyana's food performance in a Caribbean context: Lessons for food security policy
Saints Farm | Dr John Ronald Deep Ford