• Date: Wednesday 16 May, 2012
  • Time: 6.00pm to 7.30pm
  • Venue: Law School Foyer, Eastern Avenue, the University of Sydney

Professor Chris Barrett, Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management and International Professor of Agriculture, and Professor of Economics, Cornell University, US

Co-presented with the School of Economics and the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment University of Sydney

The world faces a major challenge in the coming years. Meeting the food needs of roughly 9 billion people by 2050 will require significant productivity gains in agriculture, improvements to the livelihoods of the world’s poor, substantial reductions in post-harvest losses and food waste, all while attending to growing land and water scarcity and evolving abiotic and biotic stresses. Changes in demand and supply patterns will have significant market, humanitarian and environmental impacts.
No single strategy or sector can meet this challenge – it will require creative and collaborative efforts among governments, farmers around the world, private companies, universities, and civil society. Meeting this challenge is our collective responsibility, to ensure that our grandchildren’s generations do not confront chronic global food crises of the sort that our grandparents’ generations so skilfully averted on our behalf.

Professor Chris Barrett

Chris Barrett is the Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management and International Professor of Agriculture in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management as well as Professor in the Department of Economics at Cornell University. He also serves as the David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future’s Associate Director for Economic Development Programs and the Director of the Cornell Institute for International Food, Agriculture and Development’s initiative on Stimulating Agricultural and Rural Transformation. Professor Barrett was elected a Fellow both of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and of the African Association of Agricultural Economists.

His fundamental research objective is to “help reduce unnecessary human suffering, albeit indirectly, by generating useful new knowledge on which people and organisations can act.” He collaborates extensively with scholars from a wide range of biophysical and social science disciplines.

Click here for Professor Barrett’s home page at Cornell University.