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Abdolreza Abbassian

Senior Economist - AMIS Secretary, FAO

How I work with Harvest

Abdolreza works with Harvest as the the Secretary to the G-20 Agricultural Market Information System (AMIS). GEOGLAM, part of the Harvest programmatic work, produces the Crop Monitor for AMIS on a monthly basis. 

Biography

As a senior economist, Abdolreza leads the FAO short-term outlook team responsible for  research and analysis covering major agricultural commodities as well as publication of numorous reports, including Food Outlook, FAO’s only bi-annual report focusing on the short-term outlook for food commodities. He is also a regular contributor to the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook, a joint OECD-FAO annual publication on the medium-term outlook for agricultural commodities. Abdolreza manages the preparation and release of the monthly FAO Food Price Index and is the leading FAO spokesperson on matters related to food prices and developments in global grain markets. 

In addition, as the appointed Secretary to the AMIS since 2011, Abdolreza administers all AMIS activities, including the monthly publication of the AMIS Market Monitor and organization of AMIS meetings and annual conferences .  

Prior to joining FAO in 1990, Abdolreza worked for the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). He has Masters from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a division of Johns Hopkins University based in Washington, D.C.

AMIS activities center around four crops (wheat, rice, maize and soybeans) for which it seeks to strengthen collaboration and dialogue among main producing, exporting and importing countries. Apart from G20 members plus Spain, participants in AMIS include seven major producing, consuming and exporting countries of the four commodities covered by AMIS. The AMIS Secretariat is housed in FAO and formed by ten international international organizations and entities (FAO, IFPRI, IFAD, IGC, OECD, UNCTAD, the World Bank, WFP, and WTO).