Spring 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic and associated policy responses has significantly impacted food and nutrition security and livelihoods for large parts of the world’s population, most especially the poor in developing countries. The pandemic’s impact on food systems and value chains has varied, showcasing the ways in which e-commerce, technologies, and value-chain integration can help countries and regions become more resilient against future shocks. This presentation will delve into the wide-ranging impacts of COVID-19, and offer lessons for transforming food systems so that they are not only resilient, but also healthy, efficient, sustainable, and inclusive of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Inaugural Speaker

Johan Swinnen, Ph.D. '92

Dr. Johan Swinnen is Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), and Global Director of the Systems Transformation Science Group at CGIAR. Dr. Swinnen has published extensively on agricultural and food policies, international development, political economy, institutional reforms, trade, and global value chains.  He holds leadership roles for various taskforces, including the Food Systems Economics Commission and the Think20 Task Force on Climate Change, Sustainable Energy, and Environment.

Prior to joining IFPRI and the CGIAR, Dr. Swinnen was professor and director of the LICOS Centre for Institutions and Economic Performance at KU Leuven, lead economist at the World Bank, economic advisor to many international institutions, and guest professor at several universities, including Stanford University’s Centre for Food Security and the Environment.

Dr. Swinnen earned his PhD from Cornell University and holds honorary doctorates from University of Göttingen and the Slovak University of Agriculture. He is a Fellow of the Agricultural & Applied Economics Association and the European Association of Agricultural Economists and served as president of the International Association of Agricultural Economists.

Johan Swinnen

Speaker Series Committee

Ed Mabaya
Ed Mabaya

Research Professor

Department of Global Development

Ed Mabaya
Applied Economics and Policy
Food and Agricultural Economics
International and Development Economics and Policy
Chris Barrett
Chris Barrett

Stephen B. and Janice G. Ashley Professor of Applied Economics and Management

Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Professor

Department of Global Development

Chris Barrett
Agricultural economics
Development economics
Food security
Julia Finkelstein
Julia Finkelstein

Associate Professor

Department of Global Development

Associate Professor

Nutritional Sciences

Julia Finkelstein
Epidemiology
Nutrition
Randomized clinical trials, cohort studies & surveillance programs
Headshot of Margaret Smith
Margaret Smith

Associate Dean and Director

Cornell AES

Professor

School of Integrative Plant Science

Plant Breeding and Genetics Section

Department of Global Development

Margaret Smith
Maize breeding and genomics
Abiotic stress tolerance
Insect and disease resistance