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Wolfram Schlenker

Ray A. Goldberg Professor of the Global Food System


This class will examine the global food system and how it can meet the caloric needs of a growing population with higher caloric demands. We will discuss the historical context of food policy and how it has shaped societies, impacted farm economies and agricultural productivity, and how climate change has the potential to negatively affect agricultural productivity. We will analyze food-related programs from economic and political perspectives, specifically focusing on food assistance, nutrition, and consumer protection and information programs. The discussion will center on evidence-driven analyses of food and socio-economic data to understand and inform policy-relevant decisions.