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Poverty, Agriculture and Nutrition: Conceptual Linkages and Operational Implications

Begins:   Sep 13, 2010 12:30
Ends:   Sep 14, 2010 13:00

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September 13, 2010


Per Pinstrup-Andersen
Professor of Applied Economics; Food, Nutrition and Public Policy; and Entrepreneurship
Cornell University and Copenhagen University


Tamar Manuelyan Atinc 
Vice President, Human Development Network

Overview: There is now a substantial burden of knowledge that malnutrition has lifelong negative impacts on productivity and income-generating potential. But why doesn't a reduction in poverty automatically lead to improvements in nutrition? Can agricultural development help reduce malnutrition? If yes, how should projects be designed to do so? These are some of the issues which World Food Prize laureate Professor Per Pinstrup-Andersen will address which discussing the connections between food systems, food security, nutrition and poverty. He will draw on several decades of research and practical experience to suggest opportunities for improving nutrition by adjusting the design and implementation of projects and policies.

Per Pinstrup-Andersen is the H. E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, the J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship, and Professor of Applied Economics at Cornell University and Professor of Agricultural Economics at Copenhagen University. He is past Chairman of the Science Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and Past President of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA). He has a B.S. from the Danish Agricultural University, a M.S. and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University and honorary doctoral degrees from universities in the United States, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Switzerland, and India. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the American Agricultural Economics Association. He served 10 years as the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) Director General and seven years as department head; seven years as an economist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Colombia; and six years as a distinguished professor at Wageningen University. He is the 2001 World Food Prize Laureate and the recipient of several awards for his teaching, research and communication of research results. His research and teaching include economic analyses of food and nutrition policy, globalization and poverty, agricultural development, the interaction between the food system and human health and nutrition, and agricultural research and technology policy.

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