This program aims to strengthen university training in policy analysis for the food systems, with emphasis on developing countries, using a social entrepreneurship approach. The social entrepreneurship approach involves participatory training based on class-room presentations and discussions of cases of real policy issues facing policy-makers for use in undergraduate and graduate teaching. The approach attempts to simulate real policy-making situations within an analytical and conceptual learning environment, employing a hands-on, participatory environment in which the students are taught to be social entrepreneurs.

This website includes a large number of cases, which can be downloaded free of charge by instructors, students and other interested parties worldwide. The cases are organized by sub-topics corresponding to the chapters of the supporting textbook (available for purchase at Cornell University Press and online bookstores). The cases are in PDF format and downloading will require a copy of the Adobe Reader, which can be downloaded free of charge.

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  • Pros and Cons of Cotton Production in Uzbekistan 

    Djanibekov, Nodir; Rudenko, Inna; Lamers, John P. A.; Bobojonov, Ihtiyor (CUL Initiatives in Publishing (CIP), 2010)
    Cotton production and export have a long history in Uzbekistan. The production of cotton, also called white gold, has long been a strategic centerpiece of the economy of Uzbekistan, which ranks second among world cotton ...
  • Farm Restructuring in Transition: Land Distribution in Russia 

    Serova, Eugenia (CUL Initiatives in Publishing (CIP), 2007)
    The agrarian reform of the 1990s in Russia was targeted at transforming the formerly state-owned and centrally planned agriculture sector to a market-oriented one. The reform dramatically changed farm structure and land ...
  • Persistent Food Insecurity from Policy Failures in Malawi 

    Babu, Suresh; Sanyal, Prabuddha (CUL Initiatives in Publishing (CIP), 2007)
    Even in the era of globalization, several countries in Africa continue to face chronic and persistent food insecurity. Malawi is one such country. Following a weather shock in 2001, Malawi suffered severe food crises during ...
  • The Aral Sea: An Ecological Disaster 

    Rudenko, I.; Lamers, J. P. A. (CUL Initiatives in Publishing (CIP), 2010)
    The dimension of the human-induced ecological disaster in Central Asia is probably best illustrated in the desiccation of the Aral Sea. In 1960 this water body had a surface area of more than 68,000 square kilometers) and ...
  • Managing Soil Salinity in the Lower Reaches of the Amudarya Delta: How to Break the Vicious Circle 

    Akramkhanov, Akmal; Ibrakhimov, Mirzakhayot; Lamers, John P. A. (CUL Initiatives in Publishing (CIP), 2010)
    Soil salinity is one of the critical factors responsible for the ongoing land degradation in the irrigated lowlands of Central Asia, including in the lower reaches of the Amudarya Delta. This land degradation hinders ...
  • Rehabilitation of Saline Soils in Tajikistan: The Example of Saline Soils in Vakhsh Valley 

    Demidov, Valery; Akhmadov, Hukmatullo (CUL Initiatives in Publishing (CIP), 2016)
    Over the past 25 years, since Tajikistan's independence, economic crisis and various social and natural disasters (the result of failure to carry out the bulk of reclamation activities) have led to secondary soil salinization ...
  • Food Security, Nutrition, and Health in Costa Rica’s Indigenous Populations 

    Herforth, Anna (CUL Initiatives in Publishing (CIP), 2007)
    Indigenous groups all over the world have been economically, politically, and socially marginalized and have worse health and nutrition outcomes and more food insecurity than mainstream populations. Costa Rica has been ...
  • Concentration in Agribusiness and Marketing: A Case Study of Arla Foods 

    Baker, Derek; Graber-Lützhøft, Kimmie (CUL Initiatives in Publishing (CIP), 2007)
    The modern food industry is characterized by fewer and fewer firms and the emergence of some powerful international and global players. This case study of Arla Foods details that firm's development from its origins in local ...
  • HIV/AIDS, Gender, and Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa 

    Philipose, Anandita (CUL Initiatives in Publishing (CIP), 2007)
    HIV/AIDS continues to spread across the world at a rapid rate, with close to 5 million new HIV infections in 2006 alone. Sub-Saharan Africa, the worst-affected region, is home to two-thirds of all adults and children with ...
  • Food Advertising Policy in the United States 

    Gantner, Leigh (CUL Initiatives in Publishing (CIP), 2007)
    Marketing food to children is a complex, creative, and well-funded business in the United States. Food manufacturers are estimated to spend up to US$10 billion a year marketing foods to children, using a variety of techniques ...

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