Short bio for Per Pinstrup-Andersen (

April 2016

Per Pinstrup-Andersen is Professor Emeritus and Graduate School Professor at Cornell University and Adjunct Professor at Copenhagen University.   He is past Chairman of the Science Council of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (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 B.S. from Copenhagen University, a M.S. and Ph.D. 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. In addition to his 15 years as professor at Cornell University, he served 10 years as the International Food Policy Research Institute’s Director General and seven years as department head; seven years as an economist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, Colombia; and six years as a distinguished professor at Wageningen University (part-time). He has and continues to serve as advisor to national and international organizations.  He developed a social entrepreneurship-based, case study approach to university-level teaching of food and nutrition economics and policy, which has been widely adopted by universities around the world and available in open access on .  He is the 2001 World Food Prize Laureate and the recipient of several awards for his research and communication of research results.  He has published more than 400 books, journal articles, reports and blogs.  His two most recent books are “Food Policy for Developing Countries” (Cornell University Press 2011) and “Food Price Policy in an era of Market Instability” (Oxford University Press 2015).  A more complete curriculum vitae and publications list are available on

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