2013 Media for Social Responsibility Speakers
|Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen|
|Winner the 2001 World Food Prize|
Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen is a Danish economist and policy maker who won the 2001 World Food Prize for personally initiated the research effort which enabled several governments to reform their food subsidy programs and dramatically increase food availability to the severely impoverished.
He is interested in talking about the impact of the news media on the food crisis with emphasis on the policy implications of over-dramatizing the food price fluctuations and predictions for future prices. If you need a snappy headline, it could be something like:
This research laid the foundation for the establishment of "Food For Education" programs in which the families receive food subsidies when children stay in school. Driven by a deep desire to alleviate the suffering of malnourished and starving children, Dr. Pinstrup-Andersen initiated a global effort to uplift those most at risk by formulating IFPRI's 2020 Vision Initiative which helped reverse the trend of decreasing global developmental assistance, and led to actions whichhave brought about an important reduction in world hunger and poverty levels.
He is also a professor at Cornell University.