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Cornell professor to discuss food crisis

The 2008 J.W. Fanning Lecture will be held Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m. in rooms 553 and 554 of the Georgia Center.

This year’s lecture, “The Global Food Crisis: High Food Prices and How They Affect U.S. Farmers and Consumers,” will be given by Per Pinstrup-Andersen of Cornell University.

Pinstrup-Andersen holds three titles at Cornell: H.E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy, J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and professor of applied economics. He is also professor of agricultural economics at Copenhagen University.

Pinstrup-Andersen is past chairman of the ­Science Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research and past president of the American Agricultural Economics Association. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Danish Agricultural University and master’s and doctoral degrees from Oklahoma State University. He has received honorary doctoral degrees from universities in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Switzerland and India.

A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Agricultural Economics Association, Pinstrup-Andersen served 10 years as director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute and seven years as its department head. He was an economist for seven years at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia and served as a distinguished professor at Wageningen University for six years.