Miguel Robles is a Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute, IFPRI in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Divisions. At IFPRI he has conducted research on several topics, among the most recent: A new approach to provide weather index-based insurance in Africa, Asia and Latin America, the behavior of international agricultural commodity markets, price transmission estimations from international markets to domestic food markets in Latin America and Asia, analysis of futures markets and the role of speculation, analysis on the welfare impact of changing food prices in Latin America and Asia, rural employment strategies in developing countries and general equilibrium modeling of rural-urban linkages. Mr. Robles’ work on weather insurance has been recognized internationally and was awarded at the Marketplace on Innovative Financial Solutions for Development (video). Most recently Mr. Robles has designed an innovative index-based insurance product for the horticultural sector in Uruguay that is available to farmers, proving to be commercially viable (link) and is calling attention in neighboring countries (interview). Prior to joining IFPRI he worked as a Research Associate at the Group for the Analysis of Development and participated in several research projects with UNPD, IADB, FAO, World Bank, PAHO. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California Los Angeles UCLA where he specialized in Macroeconomics and Asset Pricing.