Professor Pingali’s extension outreach includes frequent seminars, keynote addresses, and workshops aimed at influencing policy decisions in the area of food security.
Last fall, the Cornell Board of Trustees approved a new Department of Global Development, housed in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, focused on solving the world’s grand challenges. This department creates enhanced opportunities for Cornell to have an immediate and positive impact on the world, from improving food security for millions of people to assuring sustainable use of the world’s resources and beyond.
During this webinar, as a panel of Cornell faculty explored the ways in which the Department of Global Development will connect with the international agricultural research community, the food industry, consumers and the broader university.Faculty Panel
Andrew McDonald, associate professor, School of Integrative Plant Science and the Department of Global Development
Prabhu Pingali, professor, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and the Department of Global Development
Hale Tufan, senior research associate, Department of Global Development
Wendy Wolford, vice provost for International Affairs and the Polson Professor of Global Development
Moderated by Max Pfeffer, CALS executive dean and international professor of development sociology.
Introduction by Kathryn J. Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
- Cornell University
- Ithaca, NY
Nutritional Security through Biofortification
- Tata-Cornell Institute, Institute of Economic Growth, and International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Saint Louis Climate Summit: Climate Change & Food Systems: Can Technological Innovations Help Build Resilient Systems
According to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, in 2017 we saw a surge in the number of chronically undernourished by 35 million globally, increasing the total number to 815 million. The two main reasons attributed to this increase were violent conflicts and climate-related shocks. This has brought to the forefront the challenges climate change poses on future food security and global progress in eradicating hunger and malnutrition. Climate change affects food security through a) food availability – productivity decreases of staples and nutrient rich non-staples; b) food access – lower income to small agricultural producers in the wake of production uncertainties; c) food stability – uncertain supply of food and volatile prices; and d) food utilization – decline in nutritional content resulting from elevated greenhouse gasses. The resulting question that arises is: does this signal the re-emergence of the Malthusian theory that posits we are too many for our planet to feed or does this reiterate that necessity will lead to policy and technological innovation that address these challenges? In order to negate the former, this paper optimistically looks at the role of technological innovation and policy in building a climate resilient food system adapted to climate change. We unpack the main components of climate smart agriculture and the role innovation plays in increasing productivity to ensure availability of food, reducing climate change induced vulnerabilities to ensure food stability and nutritional quality. Policy support is also crucial in enabling food systems to adapt to climate change. Investing in climate smart technologies and incentivizing their adoption to improve food availability, putting in place effective safety net programs, trade policy and insurance systems to mitigate effects of supply shocks and ensure food stability, all require climate change sensitive policy.
- Saint Louis University
- St. Louis, Missouri
Plenary Keynote Presentation – Speeding Progress: Accelerators in Food Systems
- IFPRI and FAO
- Bangkok, Thailand
Prabhu Pingali’s Rapid Fire Presentation
- Washington, DC
- ICRISAT and the Tata-Cornell Institute
- Hyderabad, India
16th Annual Global Development Conference - Agriculture for Sustainable Growth: Challenges and Opportunities for a New 'Green Revolution'
What are the primary goals for the new Green Revolution, and what role can local and regional research institutes and policy centers play in their promotion?
- OCP Policy Center
- Casablanca, Morocco