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Ken Foster

Ken Foster is a professor of agricultural economics at Purdue University. He teaches agricultural price analysis and applied time series analysis. Foster served as head of the Department of Agricultural Economics from 2008 to 2017. He was the Chair of the National Association of Agricultural Economics Administrators and has been recognized nationally for his teaching, graduate mentorship, and outreach activities. His current research focuses on coffee and cacao storage and the associated linkages to food quality, food waste, and farm household income.

Feeding Our World: Combating Food Waste and Unequal Access

Moderated by Jessica Eise, co-editor of...

Moderated by Jessica Eise, co-editor of How to Feed the World, this webinar describes methods of achieving global food security, and illustrates the connection between developing equal access to food and reducing waste and loss in our food systems. The webinar features co-editor Dr. Ken Foster and contributor Dr. Jerry Shively of Purdue University’s Department of Agricultural Economics, and includes an audience question and answer session.

Download the PowerPoint Presentation accompanying the webinar here.

Additional resources:

During the webinar Dr. Jerry Shively provided a link to a map created and maintained by the US Department of Agriculture that provides user-friendly, comprehensive, and searchable data on food access in the United States. You can access the map here.

In 2011 The Economist magazine published a comprehensive review article on feeding the world called “The 9 billion-people question.”  The article covers, in abbreviated form, some of the same issues as  How to Feed the World. It therefore serves as a complementary resource to the material in the book and includes some of the examples Dr. Shively described during the webinar. You can find the special report here.