Nearly a billion people around the world still suffer from hunger and poor nutrition while a billion are overweight or obese. This imbalance highlights the need not only to focus on food production but also to implement successful food policies.

In a Chats in the Stacks book talk at Mann Library on March 8, 2012, Cornell economist Per Pinstrup-Andersen discusses his new book, "Food Policy for Developing Countries," coauthored with economist Derrill Watson II of the American University of Nigeria. As a comprehensive road map for understanding how governments and markets shape food policies and production, the book addresses the complex challenges--from issues of poverty and climate change to demographic and dietary transitions--for reducing hunger and achieving better human nutrition.

Dr. Pinstrup-Andersen is the H. E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition, and Public Policy; the J. Thomas Clark Professor of Entrepreneurship and Professor of Applied Economics at Cornell University; and an adjunct professor at Copenhagen University. He has received numerous awards for his research and was named the World Food Prize Laureate in 2001.