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Per Pinstrup-Andersen

H. E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy; J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship

Areas of Expertise

Food and Nutrition Policy, Globalization and Poverty, Agricultural Development, Research and Technology Policy

Contact Information

Division of Nutritional Sciences
305 Savage Hall • Phone: 607.255.9429
Food Policy Blog
Food Policy for Developing Countries

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 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 Director General and seven years as department head; seven years as an economist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, 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 research and communication of research results. He teaches and advises graduate and undergraduate students on globalization and poverty and a social entrepreneurship approach to government policy for the global food system. His research includes economic analyses of food and nutrition policy, globalization and poverty, agricultural development and research and technology policy. Dr. Pinstrup-Andersen’s publications include “Seeds of Contention,” co-authored with Ebbe Schiøler and published in five languages, and more than 400 other books, refereed journal articles, papers and book chapters, including a book on Ethics, Hunger and Globalization, co-edited with Peter Sandøe; a book on Agricultural Trade Liberalization and the Least Developed Countries, co-edited with Niek Koning; and a book on the African Food System and its Interaction with Human Health and Nutrition.


Ph.D., 1969 (Agricultural Economics) – Oklahoma State University
M.S., 1967 (Agricultural Economics) – Oklahoma State University
B.S., 1965 (Agricultural Economics) – Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen


AEM 4450, (cross-listed with NS 4450): Food Policy for Developing Nations
AEM 6060, Food Systems and Poverty Reduction: Integration
AEM 6420, (cross-listed with NS 6420): Globalization, Food Safety, and Nutrition

Selected Publications (2000-2011)

Pinstrup-Andersen, P. and Watson, D. III (Forthcoming). Food Policy in Developing Countries: The Role of Government in Global, National, and Local Food Systems. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Pinstrup-Andersen, P. (Ed.). (2010). The African Food System and its Interaction with Human Health and Nutrition. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Robertson, B. and P. Pinstrup-Andersen. (2010). Global Land Acquisition: Neo-Colonialism Or Development Opportunity? Food Security, 2: 271-283.

Babu, S., & Pinstrup-Andersen, P. (2009). Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship: Developing Capacity to Reduce Poverty and Hunger. In J. vonBraun, R. Hill & R. and Pandya-Lorch (Eds.), The Poorest and Hungry: Assessments, Analyses, and Actions, pp. 541-548. Washington, DC: IFPRI.

Pinstrup-Andersen, P. (2009). Food Security: Definition and Measurement. Food Security, 1:5-7.

Pinstrup-Andersen, P., and Cheng, F. (Ed.). (2009). Case Studies in Food Policy for Developing Countries, Volumes 1, 2, and 3. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Shimokawa, S., Chang, H., and Pinstrup-Andersen, P. (2009). Understanding the Difference in Obesity among Working Adults between Taiwan and China. Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Bach, C. F., and Pinstrup-Andersen, P. (2008). Agriculture, Growth and Employment in Africa:  Need for Institutions, Infrastructure, Information, Innovation, Investments, and Integration. Discussion Paper #2 for the Civil Society Input to the Africa Commission on Effective Development Cooperative with Africa, DanChurchAid.

Bryce, J., Coitinho, D., Darnton-Hill, I., Pelletier, D., & Pinstrup-Andersen, P. (2008). Maternal and Child Undernutrition: Effective Action at National Level. The Lancet, 371(9611), 510-526.

Pinstrup-Andersen, P., & Herforth, A. (2008). Food Security: Achieving the Potential. Environment, 50(5): 48-61.

Pinstrup-Andersen, P., & Shimokawa, S. (2008). Do Poverty and Poor Health and Nutrition Increase the Risk of Armed Conflict Onset? Food Policy, 33, 513-520.

Wang, S., Just, D. R., & Pinstrup-Andersen, P. (2008). Bt Cotton and Secondary Pests. International Journal of Biotechnology, 10(2/3), 113-121.

Pinstrup-Andersen, P. & Cheng, F. (2007). Still Hungry. Scientific American, 297(3), 96-103.

Pinstrup-Andersen, P., & Sandøe, P. (Eds.). (2007). Ethics, Hunger and Globalization – In Search of Appropriate Policies. Dordrecht: Springer.

Koning, N. & Pinstrup-Andersen, P. (2007). Agricultural Trade Liberalization and the Least Developed Countries. Wageningen: Springer.

Pinstrup-Andersen, P. & Shimokawa, S. (2007). Rural Infrastructure and Agricultural Development. In F.Bourguignon & B. Pleskovic (Eds.), Annual World Bank Conference on Development Economics – Global 2007: Rethinking Infrastructure for Development (pp. 175-203). Washington, D.C.: The World Bank.

Wang, S., Just, D.R., & Pinstrup-Andersen, P. (2006). Damage from Secondary Pests and the Need for Refuge in China. In J. Alston, R.E. Just, & D. Zilberman, D. (Eds.), Regulating Agricultural Biotechnology: Economics and Policy. New York: Springer.

Pinstrup-Andersen, P. (2006). Focus the Global Food System on Health and Nutrition Goals. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 4(1), 2-4.

Pinstrup-Andersen, P. (2005). Ethics and Economic Policy for the Food System. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 87(5), 1097-1112.

Pinstrup-Andersen, P. (2002). Food and Agricultural Policy for a Globalizing World: Preparing for the Future. American Journal of Agricultural Economics, 84(5), 1201-1214.

Pinstrup-Andersen, P. & Schiøler, E. (2000). Seeds of Contention: World Hunger and the Global Controversy over GM Crops. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.


Honorary Doctorates

  • Doctor of Science (honoris causa). The University of Florida, April, 2010.
  • Doctor of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (honoris causa).  Wageningen Agricultural University (the Netherlands), March 2000.
  • Doctor of Science (honoris causa).  Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (Tamil Nadu, India), April 1999
  • Doctor of Laws (honoris causa).  University of Aberdeen (Aberdeen, United Kingdom),  July 1999
  • Doctor of Technical Sciences (honoris causa):  Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Zurich, Switzerland), November 1996.

Other Honors/Awards

  • Selected by Miriam Goler, a Merrill Presidential Scholar, as the faculty member who has made the most significant contribution to her education while here at Cornell, 2009.
  • Designated by an independent panel commissioned by the Danish newspaper “Udvikling” (Development) as the Dane who has had the greatest impact on global poverty reduction, 2009.
  • Fellow of the Cornell Center for a Sustainable Future, 2009.
  • Recipient of 2008 Outstanding Faculty/Staff Award, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
  • Recipient of Honorary Alumnus Award, Copenhagen University, August 2008
  • Recipient of Danish Radio’s Rosenkjaer Prize for Policy Communication, November, 2002.
  • Recipient of the AAEA Distinguished Policy Contribution Award, July 30, 2002.
  • Recipient of the Horticologo de Honra, given by the Portuguese Horticulture Association, October 12, 2001.
  • Recipient of the 2001 World Food Prize for contribution to the improvement of agricultural   research, food policy, and the lives of the poor.
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) since October 1997.
  • Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) since August 2000.
  • Agronomprisen 2000, Danish Society of Agricultural Professionals, March 2000.
  • Distinguished International Alumni Award, Oklahoma State University on November 20, 1998.
  • 1998 Charles A. Black Award for outstanding record of research and communication, awarded by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) on March 20, 1998.
  • 1996 Best Paper Prize for article in the Journal:  Environmental Conservation, awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Conservation, Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Honorary member of the International Association of Agricultural Students (IAAS) since July 1997.
  • Distinguished Alumnus of the Economics Institute, University of Colorado since 1993.
  • Certificate of Merit for excellence in research from Gamma Sigma Delta [1991].
  • Winner of Prize Competition issued by the Nordic Society of Agricultural Researchers and Norsk Hydro over the topic “The Importance of Fertilizer for the World Food Supply” [1979].
  • Outstanding Journal Article Award from American Agricultural Economics Association [1977].
  • Ph.D. Thesis Award from American Agricultural Economics Association [1970].
  • Honorary member of the Colombian National Organization of Professionals in Agriculture since 1973.
  • International Who's Who of Professionals
  • Strathmore's Who's Who Registry of Business Leaders
  • Who's Who in American Education
  • Paragon Who's Who
  • Who's Who in Science and Engineering
  • Who's Who in America
  • Men of Achievement
  • Kraks Blå Bog (Denmark)
  • Kellogg Travel Fellowship [1979]
  • People to People Certificate of Appreciation [1967]
  • Ford International Fellow [1965-1966]


  • July 1, 2006 – Present:  J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship in the Entrepreneurship@Cornell Program.
  • January 31, 2003 - Present:  H.E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy in the Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University.
  • April 21, 2003 - Present:  International Professor of Nutrition Economics and Policyat the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University.
  • June 13, 2003 - Present:  Professor of Applied Economics, Department of Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University
  • January 1, 2003 – October 1, 2010:  Professor of Development Economicsat University of Copenhagen, Denmark. 
  • March 2001 – December 2007:  Distinguished Professor, Wageningen University, The Netherlands
  • September 2002 - December 2002:  Senior Research Fellow of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, D.C. 
  • July 1, 1992 - September 2002:  Director General and CEO of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, D.C. 
  • February 1987 - June 1992:  Professor of Food Economics in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and Founding Director of the Cornell Food and Nutrition Policy Program (CFNPP), Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. 
  • April 1980 - January 1987:  Research Fellow and from September 1, 1980 Director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Policy Research Program, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, D.C.  
  • November 1977 - March 1980:  Senior Research Fellow and Associate Professor, Economic Institute, The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Copenhagen. 
  • February 1976 - October 1977:  Director of the Agro-Economic Division, International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC), Florence, Alabama, U.S.A. 
  • May 1969 - January 1976:  Agricultural Economist, with Centro Internacional de Agricultural Tropical (CIAT), Cali, Colombia, South America.  Head of the Economics Unit from April 1, 1972. 
  • September 1966 - April 1969:  Research Assistant and from August 1968 Instructor in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University. 
  • Pre-university:  Farm worker on various Danish farms, research assistant, and a milk tester during a period of six years prior to entering the University.  During 1958-1959 served in the Danish Army.


Food policy; agricultural economics; food and nutrition policy; agricultural research and technology policy; globalization and nutrition; food systems.