Thomas S. Jayne

Thomas S. Jayne
  • MSU Foundation Professor
  • Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics


Thomas S. Jayne has devoted his career to working with African colleagues to respond to the region’s major agricultural policy challenges. He brought this leadership  to campus as co-director of the Alliance for African Partnership, a university-wide initiative at MSU to promote long-term partnerships with African research and capacity building organizations.

Jayne is a distinguished fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economists. He has mentored dozensof young African professionals and played a major role in building MSU’s partnerships with African agricultural policy research institutes. He has served as co-director of several grants from U.S. Agency for International Development, the Department for International Development and the Gates Foundation, focusing on building sustainable research capacity in Africa.

Over the past decade, he has received six distinguished research excellence awards from various professional and academic organizations, including the 2009 Outstanding Article Award in Agricultural Economics.