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.

Feedback on the cases and their use is welcome at globalfoodsystem@cornell.edu.

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  • PROGRESA: An Integrated Approach to Poverty Alleviation in Mexico 

    Gantner, Leigh (CUL Initiatives in Publishing (CIP), 2007)
    In 1997 the government of Mexico implemented PROGRESA (Programa de Educación, Salud, y Alimenación), an integrated approach to poverty alleviation through the development of human capital. PROGRESA was one part of a larger ...
  • Income Disparity in China and Its Policy Implications 

    Cheng, Fuzhi (CUL Initiatives in Publishing (CIP), 2007)
    China’s economy has witnessed considerable achievements since economic reforms were initiated in 1978. Average overall gross domestic product (GDP) has grown approximately 9 percent annually during the past two decades. ...
  • Migration in Rural Burkina Faso 

    Wouterse, Fleur (CUL Initiatives in Publishing (CIP), 2007)
    Migration plays an important role in development and as a strategy for poverty reduction. A recent World Bank investigation finds a significant positive relationship between international migration and poverty reduction ...
  • Food Policy and Social Movements: Reflections on the Right to Food Campaign in India 

    Srinivasan, Vivek; Narayanan, Sudha (CUL Initiatives in Publishing (CIP), 2007)
    The Right to Food Campaign in India began in 2001. It was a time of absurd paradox. Even as the foodgrain stocks held by the government rose to 50 million metric tons, several parts of the country were reeling from a third ...
  • Lecture Introduction 

    Pinstrup-Andersen, Per (2008-08-28)
    This is a brief, 4-minute introduction to the course entitled "Food Policy for Developing Countries." In his introduction, Professor Per Pinstrup-Andersen describes the purpose and structure of the course, the target ...

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