Policy Responses to Food Price Volatility

  • DATE / TIME:
    2015•02•02    11:00 - 12:30

    Between 2007 and 2008, world governments made decisions that, in conjunction with extreme weather events, turned an already alarming food supply and demand situation into a global food price crisis. This raises the questions: How do governments make food policy decisions? Are they driven by data, special interests, theories of change or a combination of the above?

    This seminar will address these questions, which are particularly timely as governments prepare for the next round of predicted food price fluctuations. Will governments be ready to deal with the outcomes?

    Per Pinstrup-Andersen, World Food Prize laureate, professor at Cornell University, and Non-Resident Senior Research Fellow at the UNU World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), will share findings from the recent project, The Political Economy of Food Price Policy. The project was undertaken in collaboration with researchers from 14 developing countries and sought to improve the understanding of factors affecting government decision-making related to food policy during periods of food price volatility. Danielle Resnick, research fellow at The International Food Policy Research Institute and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy, will then elaborate on a broader conceptual framework of drivers of policy change in agriculture and nutrition.

    Participants can join the event in person or via an online webinar. For more information, and to register, visit the UNU-WIDER website.


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