Publishing Details

Publication Type: 
Authored by:
Alston, Julian M.; Pardey, Philip G.
University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics
Publication Date: 
January 2014
Staff Paper P14-1
Publication Place: 
St. Paul, MN


Beginning in the early 1970s, Per Pinstrup-Andersen conducted pioneering work into the links between agricultural research and development (R&D) and its consequences for nutrition and health outcomes of the poor. In this paper we revisit those links in the context of two twenty-first century conundrums. First, while many of the world’s poor remain undernourished, paradoxically, growing numbers of people from a very broad range of income and social strata are overweight or obese. Second, rates of investment in agricultural research are slowing in many countries in spite of continuing high social rates of return to the investments, a trend toward higher food prices, and slowing rates of farm productivity growth in many countries.


Paper prepared for presentation at the Festschrift conference on New Directions in the Fight Against Hunger and Malnutrition, held in honor of Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Cornell University, December 12–14, 2013.


Alston, Julian M.; Pardey, Philip G. (2014) "Agricultural R&D, Food Prices, Poverty and Malnutrition Redux," Staff Paper P14-1, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics.

Additional Attributes

Primary Contact: Julian Alston
Keywords: Agricultural Productivity, Agricultural Research, Agricultural Research Investment, Food Prices, Malnutrition, Nutrition, Poverty, Research Investment