As economies grow the food security challenge transitions from tackling hunger and micronutrient malnutrition to combating the problems associated with over-nutrition. The food policy priorities also transition from a focus on the quantity of food - "the pile of grain" - to a focus on food quality and safety. Emerging food security challenges can only be addressed through a convergence of agriculture, nutrition and environmental policies.
About the speaker: Dr. Prabhu Pingali is the Founding Director of the Tata-Cornell Initiative and a Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University. Prior to moving to Ithaca in June 2013, he was the Deputy Director, Agriculture Development Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, based in Seattle Washington, from 2008-May 2013. Dr. Pingali was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences as a Foreign Fellow in May 2007. He was the President of the International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) from 2003-2006. He was elected Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association in 2006 and of the International Association of Agricultural Economists in 2009.