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Felix G. Baquedano

Branch Chief, International Trade and Development Branch


Felix Baquedano is an agricultural economist and Branch Chief of the International Trade and Development Branch of the Market and Trade Economics Division at the USDA Economic Research Service (ERS). The International Trade and Development (ITD) Branch’s mission is to provide economic research, information, and analysis of international food demand, food and agricultural trade, global food security, and agricultural and trade policy issues affecting the United States and other countries that are major participants in global agricultural trade. ITD work includes research and analysis, development and maintenance of data and economic indicators, and communication of research findings.


Before rejoining USDA, ERS in February 2020, Felix was the officer for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) in the Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) group of the Markets and Trade Division of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). At FAO he led numerous reports that monitored production, food availability, and market conditions (including prices) for main food commodities in LAC. He was also a member of GIEWS Food Price Monitoring and Analysis team, where he developed the indicator for food price anomalies, which is a tier one indicator for the United Nations Sustainable Development goals. He led numerous development projects in LAC and Sub-Saharan Africa and worked as an international consultant in a number of World Bank projects. Prior to his tenure at FAO, he focused on trade and food security research at USDA, ERS from 2009 to 2013, with a primary focus on the Central American and Caribbean sub-regions of LAC.


Ph.D., Purdue University, Agricultural Economics, May 2009

M.Sc., Purdue University, Agricultural Economics, December 2005

B.Sc., Pan-American School of Agriculture Zamorano, May 1999

Professional Affiliations

Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA)

Selected Publications

Beckman, J., F, Baquedano, and A. Countryman. 2021. “The Impacts of COVID-19 on GDP, Food Prices, and Food Security,” Q Open 1(1).

Baquedano, F., Y. Zereyesus, C. Christensen, C. Valde.  2021. COVID-19 Working Paper: International Food Security Assessment, 2020–30: COVID-19 Update and Impacts on Food Insecurity. COVID-19 Working Paper, #AP-087, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Beckman, J., M. Ivanic, J. Jelliffe, F. Baquedano, S. Scott. 2020. Economic and Food Security Impacts of Agricultural Input Reduction Under the European Union Green Deal’s Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategies, EB-30, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Baquedano, F., C. Christensen, K. Ajewole, and J. Beckman. 2020. International Food Security Assessment, 2020–30, GFA-31, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Baquedano, F., 2020. The Convergence of Food Diets: Characterizing Consumption Patterns, Food Diversity, and the Relationship to Trade. Background paper for The State of Agricultural Commodity Markets 2020,Rome, FAO.

Baquedano, F. and W. Liefert. 2014. “Market Integration and Price Transmission in Consumer Markets of Developing Countries, Food Policy 44:103-114.