David Hallam is Deputy Director of the Trade and Markets Division at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation in Rome where he leads work on trade and development issues and food and agricultural trade policy. He has recently completed a major study on the 2007-2008 food price hike and is now leading FAO's work on international investment in agriculture. Before moving to FAO, David taught Agricultural Economics in the University of Reading specialising in analysis of agricultural commodity markets and was Director of the Centre for Agricultural Strategy in the University. He has written numerous books and articles on agricultural commodity markets, trade and development and was Editor of the Journal of Agricultural Economics. A graduate of the Universities of Reading and Oxford, David was a regular Consultant for the OECD, World Bank, governments and the private sector on international food markets and policy.