Despite techlogical advances in agriculture, nearly a billion people around the world still suffer from hunger and poor nutrition while a billion are overweight or obese. This imbalance highlights the need t only to focus on food production but also to implement successful food policies. In this new textbook intended to be used with the three volumes of Case Studies in Food Policy for Developing Countries (also from Cornell), the 2001 World Food Prize laureate Per Pinstrup-Andersen and his colleague Derrill D. Watson II analyze international food policies and discuss how such policies can and must address the many complex challenges that lie ahead in view of continued poverty, globalization, climate change, food price volatility, natural resource degradation, demographic and dietary transitions, and increasing interests in local and organic food production. Food Policy for Developing Countries offers a social entrepreneurship approach to food policy analysis. Calling on a wide variety of disciplines including ecomics, nutrition, sociology, anthropology, environmental science, medicine, and geography, the authors show how all elements in the food system function together.
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. He is the coauthor of Food Policy for Developing Countries: The Role of Government in Global, National, and Local Food Systems, editor of The African Food System and Its Interaction with Human Health and Nutrition and coeditor of Case Studies in Food Policy for Developing Countries, volumes I, II, and III, also from Cornell, and author or editor of many other books and journal articles. Derrill D. Watson II is Assistant Professor of Economics at the American University of Nigeria. Soren E. Frandsen is the Pro-Rector of Aarhus University. Arie Kuyvenhoven is Professor Emeritus of Development Economics at Wageningen University. Joachim von Braun is a Director of the Center for Development Research (ZEF) and Professor of Economic and Technological Change at University of Bonn.