A Journey through Food Systems: How Agriculture, Food Insecurity, and Malnutrition Formed My Professional Life

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In his book, Per Pinstrup-Andersen synthesizes almost 70 years of work on food systems, from a 14-year old farmworker in Denmark to World Food Prize Laureate, Director General of the world’s foremost food policy research institute and Professor of Food and Nutrition Policy and Economics in the United States. With the overriding goal of improving food security, nutrition, and human and environmental health, he assesses the impact of more evidence generated by food policy analysis – including his own – and leaves the reader with the question of whether lack of evidence is the most binding constraint for developing sustainable food systems that assure a healthy diet for all. Was he and other food policy analysts merely actors in a game rigged by the existing power structure that purposefully fails to use the existing evidence to improve the livelihood of the disadvantaged?

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BIOGRAPHY: Per Pinstrup-Andersen is Professor Emeritus at Cornell University and Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen University. He is past Chairman of the Science Council of CGIAR, Past President of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA) and past Chair of the UN High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security (HLPE). He has a BS from Copenhagen University, a MS and PhD from Oklahoma State University, and honorary doctoral degrees from universities in the United States, the 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, and an honorary alumnus at Copenhagen University. He has been a professor at Cornell, Copenhagen and Wageningen Universities, Director General and Department Head at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and Economist at International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT). He is the 2001 World Food Prize Laureate and the recipient of several awards for his research and communication of research results. His authorship includes several books and a large number of articles and papers about food and agricultural policy, nutrition economics, and related matters


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