UC Davis Agricultural and Resource Economics

Alex F. McCalla: UC Davis Emeriti Association, UC Davis Distinguished Emeritus Professor Award 2011–2012

March 19, 2012

Alex F. McCalla, ARE professor emeritus, received the Distinguished Emeritus Award from the UC Davis Emeriti Association on March 8, 2012.

McCalla joined the UC Davis faculty as an assistant professor in 1966 and attained the rank of professor in six years. He served as dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and associate director of the Agricultural Experiment Station from 1970 to 1975. Upon reaching emeritus status, McCalla joined the World Bank, serving as the director of the Agricultural and Natural Resources Department.

At the World Bank, McCalla led extensive efforts to enhance agriculture in the developing world and to revitalize the bank\'s loan portfolio. McCalla, an expert in international trade, also played a key role in shaping policy to diminish protectionist trade barriers in the West — thus permitting more imports from developing countries. McCalla continued his service developing economies by way of several consulting assignments, including the development of a long-term financing strategy for the Consultative Group in International Agricultural Research, strategy on rural development in Bangladesh, research on food security and trade in Sub-Saharan Africa, and strategy for food security in North Africa and the Middle East. In addition to his extensive work in Washington D.C. and abroad, McCalla has continued to communicate with his professional peers through scholarly outlets, including journals, books and monographs.

Since his retirement from the Bank in 1999, McCalla returned to UC Davis, teaching extensively — from an introductory course on agriculture to graduate teaching in international trade — and taking on special assignments. As an emeritus professor, he has continued to teach, mentor, consult and publish, and his contributions are widely known and acclaimed in the international arena.


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