Policy Seminar

Policymakers’ Responses to Food Price Crises

May 2, 2013 - 07:30 pm to 09:00 pm EDT

Results from a 14-Country Political Economy Study

Increasing food price volatility since 2007, which is likely to continue and possibly amplify in the future, presents a major challenge for the world’s policymakers. While much has been written about the nature and causes of food price fluctuations since 2007, little is known about the processes that led to the policy responses and the relative power, behavior, and influence of the participating stakeholder groups. Understanding how and why governments responded as they did will help enhance existing knowledge of the political economy of food price policy and assist governments in their policymaking as they confront future food price fluctuations.

In this seminar, Per Pinstrup-Andersen, H. E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy and the J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Applied Economics at Cornell University, will present results from a 14-country study aimed at improving such understanding.