Director of Agricultural Science, Technology, and Innovation
Dr. Michael Johnson is a Director in the Agriculture and Livelihoods group, managing the Foundation’s agricultural science, technology, and innovation research initiatives. The focus of his work is to establish and implement the Foundation’s global strategy to transform agricultural value chains in developing countries.
Dr. Johnson has extensive experience in the microeconomics of agricultural intensification and transformation, specifically the ways that technology can impact economic growth in the agricultural sector. Throughout his career, Dr. Johnson has focused on the continent of Africa, including its agricultural policies. As the Director of Research at the Food and Nutrition Security Unit of CARE International, he managed a research team in support of programming and policy advocacy needs.
Earlier in his career, Dr. Johnson served as a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC, where he led several large research programs and initiatives for African agricultural development. He also served 2 years at the US Agency for International Development under a fellowship program with the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Dr. Johnson is based in Washington, DC. He holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics from Purdue University and a MS in Business Economics from Georgia State University.