Confronting the world’s most urgent and complex challenges.

The Global Development Distinguished Speaker Series aims to bring leading minds to campus to explore topics across the Department of Global Development’s signature strengths of wellbeing and inclusion; environmental sustainability; and food and nutritional security.

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.

Speaker Series Committee

Ed Mabaya
Ed Mabaya

Research Professor

Department of Global Development

Director, Humphrey Fellowship Program

Department of Global Development

Ed Mabaya
Applied Economics and Policy
Food and Agricultural Economics
International and Development Economics and Policy
Julia Finkelstein
Julia Finkelstein

Associate Professor

Nutritional Sciences

Associate Professor

Department of Global Development

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

Professor

Department of Global Development

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