Research seminar: Revisiting the effects of food aid on conflict

Date Friday 27 April 2018
Time 12pm
Where MSB.1.05
Presenter Professor Christopher Barrett (Cornell University, US)
Admission Cost Free

Waikato Management School invites students, staff and members of the public to a research seminar on 27 April discussing the effects of food aid on conflict.

The seminar will be presented by Professor of Applied Economics, Management and Agriculture Christopher Barrett, from Cornell University, United States.

Professor Barrett's award-winning research, teaching and outreach work explores why unnecessary injustice continues to disfigure the richest, most technologically advanced societies in history, and what individuals and institutions can do to improve matters. The three key aspects of his work are focused on:

  • A better understanding of the drivers of poverty and food insecurity, and how private and public policy can facilitate desirable structural transformation in low-income societies.
  • How individual and market behaviour under risk and uncertainty can cause or prolong unnecessary human suffering.
  • The interrelationship between poverty, food insecurity and environmental stress.

In this world of plenty, almost half the world's seven billion people live on $2 a day or less. More than half suffer from malnutrition due to insufficient intake of calories, protein and critical micronutrients such as vitamin A, iodine and iron. More than one child in five lives in extreme poverty.

While failing to provide for the most essential needs of a share of humankind, we also over-exploit the natural resources on which future generations' well-being fundamentally depends.

Professor Barrett is an elected Fellow of the David R Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, and the African Association of Agricultural Economists. He is also deputy dean and dean of academic affairs at Cornell University's College of Business. He gained his PhD from the University of Wisconsin, an MSc from the University of Oxford, and a BA from Princeton University.