Dr. Leonardo A. Gonzales, an ASI Alumnus (MS Economics 1971) is the lead author of the book Buffalo Meat Imports and the Philippine Livestock Industry: An Impact Assessment, which was bestowed ‘OUTSTANDING BOOK AWARD” by the NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (NAST) during its Annual Scientific Meeting on July 10-11, 2013 at the Manila Hotel. NAST is the highest policy making body in the Philippines on science and technology.
Dr. Gonzales’ fields of expertise are: Crops, livestock, fisheries and agribusiness economics; carrying capacity and integrated area development; biotechnology research and policy; supply-chain analysis and management; Program Benefit Monitoring and Evaluation System (PBMES); Development planning; economic analysis; competitive and comparative advantage analysis; sectoral planning, policy analysis, formulation and advocacy; market analysis and development; institutional development and capacity-building; cost-benefit analysis; and micro-macro impact assessment of projects and programs.
Since 1976 to the present, he has been active as Resource Person in Philippine and international training programs pertaining to the above and also has been engaged either as Consultant or to conduct research for various Philippine Government agencies, especially the Department of Agriculture, as well as international and U.S. development entities.
He earned his Ph.D., Agricultural Economics in 1976 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, under a Fulbright-Hays Scholarship. He is a graduate of the M.S., Economics degree, 1971, from the Asian Social Institute, Manila, as a Senden Scholar. He holds a degree in B.S., Education (cum laude), 1965 from St. Mary’s University, Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines under a CICM Scholarship.