Farbod Youssefi is Program Coordinator at the World Bank’s Food & Agriculture Global Practice, who co-leads Enabling the Business of Agriculture, an initiative that benchmarks globally key aspects of countries’ agribusiness enabling environment. He also serves as technical lead for the Practice’s food loss and postharvest management agenda.
His expertise and experience focuses primarily on private-sector driven agribusiness development, including policy issues, investment climate, market linkages and postharvest systems. He has worked closely with Chile and California’s horticultural industry, and was in the private sector prior to joining the World Bank in 2013. However, he also worked with a number of academic and development organizations on food systems in Africa, Asia and Latin America, both managing the University of California’s international programs in these three regions and driving value chain development projects as a consultant. Trained as an agricultural specialist in Chile, he holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in International Development and Integrative Crop Physiology from the University of California at Davis.