Chris Barrett receiving the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Award for Outstanding Career Accomplishments in Science and Public Policy from Dean Kathryn Boor in 2011. He was recognized for his longstanding contributions to food assistance and food aid policies and programs globally, to improving governments' and development agencies' understanding of how markets function in low-income rural areas, of why households suffer chronic poverty, and of how to design and implement effective risk management strategies for the rural poor.
One part of the group's outreach mission involves supporting local, national and international media in understanding current debates related to agriculture, food, international development and poverty. Some of this coverage originates with the group's research, while some relates to external events or topics on which we have some expertise that hopefully provides some useful insights.
The group's outreach programs include talks to school groups, professional development talks for young scholars, and presentations that translate technical research findings for non-technical audiences, especially in development policy organizations.