Antônio Márcio Buainain

Professor of Economics, Universidade Estadual de Campinas

Antonio Buainain is presently a Senior Lecturer of Economics at the Institute of Economics of the University of Campinas - Unicamp, in Campinas, Brazil. He received a B.Sc. degree in Economics and Law from the State University of Rio de Janeiro and Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of Rio de Janeiro, respectively, both in 1977, and in 1999 a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Campinas. From 1989 to 1994 he worked as economist of the Latin American and the Caribbean Unit of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), in Rome. Since 1995 Antonio Buainain has been active in research, teaching and technical assistance activities in many fields, in collaboration with both national and international agencies and organizations. He has worked as advisory and consultant to several Brazilian ministries, including Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Rural and Agrarian Development and Ministry of Science and Technology.

He has carried out a series of studies for international institutions such as the International Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA), Inter America Developing Bank - IDB, World Bank, United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO, Food and Agriculture Organization - FAO and World Intellectual Property Organization -WIPO, International Fund for Agriculture Development – IFAD, most dealing with innovation policies, agricultural policy, rural development, poverty alleviation programs, agrarian reform and family farm. Notwithstanding, as a consultant he has carried out assignments in many fields, from intellectual property issues (WIPO) to formulation of full country strategy background papers for international institutions such as IDB and IFAD.

Since 2001 he maintains a permanent newspaper column in the Estado de Sao Paulo (every two weeks until 2006 and monthly since), one of the most important and influential Brazilian newspapers, dealing with economic issues in general. He is also an active lecturer in both academic and non academic events, dealing with various themes, from economic scenario for the Brazilian economy to food security, Brazilian agribusiness and development issues in general. He also led major researches efforts to assess the socioeconomic impacts of World Bank Rural Poverty Combat Programs in the Brazilian Northeast as well as of agrarian reform programs in Brazil. He has organized, authored and coauthored 38 books since 1989 and 33 chapters. He has published 194 articles in leading Brazilian newspapers, more than 100 full papers published in congresses, conference and seminars proceedings. Full detailed academic curriculum can be downloaded from


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    Professor of Economics, Universidade Estadual de Campinas