REVIEWER:  Dr. Peter D. Goldsmith, associate professor of agribusiness management in the department of agricultural and consumer economics, University of Illinois.

BACKGROUND: Globalization, free trade and population explosion are among the many events that have affected the global agricultural system in the past 15 years. The fall of the communist block and the openings of new economies have transformed how the agricultural system operates, which has the potential to seriously impact the ability to feed a burgeoning world population. This complex and dynamic structure has experienced an unprecedented rate of structural change that has been the focus of pioneering research at the University of Illinois.

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