Resume: David Gisselquist, 12 January 2012

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Hershey, Pennsylvania 17033
US home telephone: (717) 533-2364
US cell phone: 857-241-0385




Assessments and advice on agricultural policies and programs in more than 20 countries in Africa and Asia, including short- to long term residence and participation in agricultural development programs


Research and reviews on scale and response to nosocomial risks for HIV, including survey research into bloodborne risks in 2 countries


Advice to World Bank, FAO, other donors, NGOs, and industry associations on agricultural programs, policies, and project design


Anthropological field research


Economics professor at US, Thai, and Bangladeshi universities


PhD: 1976, Yale University, economics

MPhil: 1973, Yale University, economics

MA: University of Hawaii, economics

BA: 1969, Carleton College, mathematics




1988-present: Independent consultant; selected activities reported pp 2-5


March-June 1988: Fellow at the Environment and Policy Institute, East West Center, Honolulu.


February 1986-March 1988: Head, Water Management Unit, Tangail Agricultural Development Project, Bangladesh.


1982-December 1985: Water Management Extension Specialist, Bangladesh Agricultural Research Council (BARC).


1977-78 and 1979-82: Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Fellow at the Center for International Policy, Washington DC.


1978-79: Visiting Research Professor in the Rural Economics Program, University of Chittagong, Bangladesh.


1976-77: Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.


1973-76: Instructor in Economics, Thammasat University, Thailand (1973-74); anthropological field research in Thailand (1974-75).




February 2009-January 2012: Member of a research team funded by Gates Foundation through Rutgers and IFPRI for “Measuring Private Research and Innovation in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa”; supervised surveys in Bangladesh and Zambia, and assessed technology transfer in 5 countries (this research has been intermittent, leaving time for other activities).


February-May 2011: Cereals expert on a team of consultants fielded by Weidemann Associates; advised USAID on strategies and programs for agricultural development in Bangladesh.


November 2010: Under contract to IFDC, prepared a monitoring and evaluation plan for a USAID-funded, a USAID-funded fertilizer extension project, Accelerated Agriculture Productivity Improvement, in Bangladesh.


September-November 2010: Under contract to IFDC, evaluated a USAID-funded fertilizer extension project, Improved Livelihood for Sidr-Affected Rice Farmers, in Bangladesh.


February 2010: Advised World Bank, FAO, and Government of Uganda on seed and other input components in a World Bank-funded project for Uganda. 


October 2009-June 2010: Team leader for Cardno Agrisystems to conduct baseline surveys for AGRA in Nigeria, Ghana, and Niger; the surveys covered smallholder households, agricultural marketing, agro-dealers, seed companies, and key informants.


November-December 2008, February-March 2009: Member of a World Bank team preparing a multi-country project support agricultural research and technology delivery in Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda. I assisted with the project’s seed component.


June 2007: Assisted design of a survey of young adults in Nyanza District, Kenya, on knowledge of bloodborne risks for HIV, and potential blood exposures.


March and June 2007: Under contract to FAO, and working with the World Bank, advised Government of Moldova and Moldovan seed companies about how to revise policies to favor seed industry and agricultural development.


May-June 2007 and April-June 2006: Assisted USAID and USDA, Southern Sudan, to design a community driven development project working through state and county governments, and advised Government of Southern Sudan’s Ministry of Cooperatives and Rural Development about programs.


18 March-21 April 2006: Under contract to IFDC and New Economic Program for Africa (NEPAD) proposed a plan to promote fertilizer trade in Central Africa as part of preparations for the African Fertilizer Summit, June 2006 in Abuja.


March-April and September-November 2005: With Mariette Correa and with support from Norwegian Church Aid, assisted in designing and supervising a survey on blood-borne risks for HIV in India.


January-February 2005: With Nathan Associations, member of a team to evaluate USAID’s Bangladesh Agro-based industries and technology development project (ATDP II).


3 weeks in 2005 and 2 week in 2004: Took part in international meetings and met with health experts as a consultant to several companies who are members of the International Association of Safe Injection Technology (IASIT).


October 2004 and July-August 2003: Advised Human Sciences Research Council in relation to 2003-2004 research on HIV in children in the Free State, South Africa.


April-November 2003: Consultant with Global Health through Education Training and Service (GHETS) to continue research on HIV transmission through unsafe health care.


January 2003: Summarized information on trypanosomiasis treatment 1920-1960 and hepatitis C infection in Cameroon under contract to Blood Safety and Clinical Technology Division, WHO.


October 2002: Rapporteur for the annual meeting of Safe Injection Global Network (SIGN), Cambodia.


April-May 2002: With World Bank and Government of Macedonia, assisted with revising and completing an analysis of rural poverty as part of Government of Macedonia’s poverty reduction strategy.


April 2002: With GTZ and Egyptian Seed Association, developed recommendations to relax regulatory and other policy barriers to seed imports and exports in Egypt.


November-December 2001: Assembled published evidence on injections risks for HIV in Africa for Safe Injection Global Network (SIGN)..


November 2000-March 2001: Prepared and presented a paper on seed regulations at FAO-sponsored Regional Technical Meeting on Seed Policy and Programmes in Central and Eastern European Countries, CIS and Countries in Transition, Budapest, Hungary.


January-February 2001: Seed marketing expert on a GTZ team to evaluate a proposal to privatize government seed-related assets in Egypt.


February-May 2000: Seed specialist on an IFDC team to assist development of an Action Plan for Agricultural Inputs for Malawi.


October 1999: As a consultant to a USAID-funded project to promote agricultural policy reform, Assisted Egyptian Seed Association to draft a Code of Ethics.


November 1998: Led a World Bank team to examine Ethiopia’s seed sector and to recommend changes in an ongoing World Bank seed project.


1994-May 1998: Designed and co-managed research for the World Bank on impact of regulatory reforms for agricultural inputs on technology transfer, productivity, and incomes in Turkey, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, and India (this included a visit to Zimbabwe in January 1996 to initiate research).


May 1997: With the World Bank, worked with a government team to prepare a draft 25-year agricultural strategy for Ghana.


December 1995-February 1996: With the World Bank in Ghana, managed a team to study inputs regulations and organized a workshop on inputs regulations and technology transfer.


December 1995: Member of a World Bank Agricultural Services Project supervision mission to Malawi. Advised and assisted amendments to seeds, fertilizers, and farm feeds legislation and regulations to liberalize markets.


April-May 1995: With the World Bank, reviewed and advised on agricultural inputs regulations in Zambia and Malawi.




Points to Consider: Responses to HIV/AIDS in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean. London: Adonis & Abbey, 2008.


with Correa M, Gore DH. Blood-borne HIV: Risks and Prevention. Hyderabad: Orient Longman, 2008.


with Hutin Y, ed, Pilot testing the WHO tools to assess and evaluate injection practices. Geneva: WHO, 2003.


with van der Meer C, Regulations for Seed and Fertilizer Markets – a good practice guide for policy-makers. Washington DC: World Bank, 2001.


with Srivastava J, eds, Easing Barriers to Movement of Plant Varieties for Agricultural Development, discussion paper no 367. Washington DC:  World Bank, 1997.


The Political Economics of International Bank Lending. New York: Praeger, 1981.


Oil Prices and Trade Deficits. New York: Praeger, 1979.




“Harmonization of seed legislation and regulation in CEEC, CIS and other countries in transition,” in: FAO, Seed policy and programmes for the Central and Eastern European Countries, Commonwealth of Independent States and other Countries in Transition (Rome: FAO, 2001), pp 217-226. 


with John Nash and Carl Pray, Deregulating the Transfer of Agricultural Technology: Lessons from Bangladesh, India, Turkey, and Zimbabwe. World Bank Research Observer 2002; 17 (2): 237-265.


with Cornelis Van Der Meer, "Regulations for Seed and Fertilizer Markets: A Good Practices Guide for Policy Makers,” Rural Development Working Paper (Washington DC: World Bank, 2001).


with Jean-Marie Grether, “An Argument for Deregulating the Transfer of Agricultural Technologies to Developing Countries,” World Bank Economic Review 2000; 14: 111-127.


“Evolving Commercial Farm Services for the New Farm Structure”, in C Csaki, Z Lerman, eds, Structural Change in the Farming Sectors in Central and Eastern Europe, Technical Paper No 465. Washington DC: World Bank: 2000. 157-173.


“Regulatory Issues,” in D Wood and J Lenne, eds, Agrobiodiversity: Characterization, Utilization, and Management. Wallingford: CABI, 1999. 409-423.


“Regulatory constraints to seed multiplication and distribution through alternative seed systems,” in Rohrbach DD, Bishaw Z. van Gastel AJG, eds. Alternative Strategies for Smallholder Seed Supply. Proceedings of an International Conference on Options for Strengthening National and Regional Seed Systems in Africa and West Asia, 10-14 May 1997, Harare, Zimbabwe. Patancheru, A. P., India: International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, 1997. 229-244.




Note: You can find an up to date list of most of my publications dealing with health at:  


How much do blood exposures contribute to HIV prevalence in female sex workers in sub-Saharan Africa, Thailand and India. Int J STD AIDS 2007; 18: 581-588.


with Potterat JJ, Salerno L. Injured and insulted: women in Africa suffer from incomplete messges about HIV risks. Horn of Africa Journal of AIDS 2007; 4: 15-18. (accessed 18 January 2012).


with Correa M. Reconnaissance assessment of risks for HIV transmission through health care and cosmetic services in India. Int J STD AIDS 2006; 17: 743-748.


with Correa M. Routes of HIV transmission in India: assessing the reliability of information from AIDS case surveillance. Int J STD AIDS 2006; 17: 731-735,


with Correa M. How much does heterosexual commercial sex contribute to India’s HIV epidemic. Int J STD AIDS 2006; 17: 736-742.


with Upham G, Potterat JJ. Efficiency of human immunodeficiency virus transmission through injections and other medical procedures: evidence, estimates, and unfinished business. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 2006; 27: 944-952. Available at: (accessed 18 February 2007).


with Correa M. HIV from blood exposures in India – an exploratory study. Colombo: Norwegian Church Aid, 2005. Available from:


Impact of long-term civil disorders and wars on the trajectory of HIV epidemics in sub-Saharan Africa. Journal of Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS 2004; 1: 124-125. Available at:


with Potterat JJ, Brody S. Response: Debate about iatrogenic transmission should not be a pretext for inaction. Int J STD AIDS 2004; 15: 623-625.


with Potterat JJ, Brody S. Still not understanding the uneven spread of HIV within Africa [letter]. Sex Transm Dis 2004; 31: 365.


with Minkin SF, Okwuosah A, Salerno L, Minja-Turpin C. Unsafe injections and transmission of HIV in sub-Saharan Africa [letter]. Lancet 2004; 363: 1648-1659. Available online through Lancet.


with Potterat JJ, Brody S. Running on empty: sexual cofactors are insufficient to fuel Africa’s turbocharged HIV epidemic. Int J STD AIDS 2004; 15: 442-452.


with Potterat JJ, Brody S, Minkin SF. Does selected ecologic evidence give a true picture of HIV transmission in Africa? Int J STD AIDS 2004; 15: 434-439.


with Potterat JJ, Brody S. HIV transmission during pediatric health care in sub-Saharan Africa: risks and evidence. S Afr Med J 2004; 94: 109-116.


with Perrin L, Minkin SF. Parallel and overlapping bloodborne hepatitis epidemics in Africa. Int J STD AIDS 2004; 15: 145-152.


with Potterat JJ, Review of evidence from risk factor analyses associating HIV infection in African adults with medical injections and multiple sexual partners. Int J STD AIDS (in press).


The emergence of the HIV-1 epidemic in the 20th century: testing hypotheses against evidence. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses 2003; 19:1071-1078.


with Vachon F, Potterat JJ, Rothenberg R. Les Liaisons negligees: transmissions iartogenes du VIH en Afrique. Presse Med 2003: 32: 1205-1207.


with Shisana O, et al. The impact of HIV/AIDS on health services. In: Shisana O, et al, ed., The Impact of HIV/AIDS on the Health Sector. Cape Town: Social Sciences Research Council, 2003.


with Friedman E, Potterat JJ, Minkin SF, Brody S. Four policies to reduce HIV transmission through unsterile health care.  Int J STD AIDS 2003; 14: 717-722.


with Potterat JJ, Brody S, Vachon F. Let it be sexual: how health care transmission of AIDS in Africa was ignored. Int J STD AIDS. 2003; 14: 148-161.


with  Potterat JJ. Heterosexual transmission of HIV in Africa: an empiric estimate. Int J STD AIDS 2003; 14: 162-173.


with Potterat JJ. Confound it: latent lessons from the Mwanza trial of STD treatment to reduce HIV transmission. Int J STD AIDS 2003; 179-184.


with Richard Rothenberg, John Potterat, Ernest Drucker. HIV infections in sub-Sahara Africa not explained by sexual or vertical transmission. Int J STD AIDS 2002; 13: 657-666.


Estimating HIV-1 transmission efficiency through unsafe medical injections. Int J STD AIDS 2002; 13: 152-159.


"Risk Factors for HIV among Northern Thai Women: Testing Hypotheses or Repeating Assumptions?" [letter], J Acquir Immune Defic Human Retroviruses 2001; 27: 414-415.




Testified before the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on AIDS Crisis in Africa: Health Care Transmission, 27 March 2003.


Presented a paper on “Harmonization of Seed Legislation and Regulation in CEEC, CIS and other Countries in Transition,” at the Technical Meeting on Seed Policy and Programmes for CEEC, CIS and other Countries in Transition, sponsored by FAO, Hungary, 5-10 March 2001.


Testified before the Subcommittee on Petitions, Information and Assistance of the Special Committee on Decolonization of the UN on the subject of loans by the International Monetary Fund to South Africa (4 May 1981).


Testified before the Special Committee Against Apartheid of the UN on the subject of loans by the International Monetary Fund to South Africa (21 February 1978).




English: native speaker

Bangla: some speaking, comprehension, and reading

Thai: good speaking, comprehension, and reading (rusty)

French: reading comprehension

Indonesian/Malaysian: language study (1969-71)

Cambodian: language study (1970-72)




date of birth: 26 June 1947

citizenship: US


REFERENCES for agriculture and economics


            John Nash, World Bank

            Tel: 202-473-8000



            Joe Lieberson,            
            USAID, retired

            Tel: 301-983-0348