Prabhu Pingali

Cornell University
Professor and Director
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Prabhu Pingali is a Professor in the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management at Cornell University, with joint appointments in the Division of Nutritional Sciences and Department of Global Development, and the Founding Director of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI). He is also the Chair of the Governing Board of ICRISAT. Prior to joining Cornell, he was the Deputy Director, Agricultural Development Division of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, from 2008–May 2013. He was director of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s Agriculture and Development Economics Division from 2002-2007. In addition, he worked with the CGIAR for 15 years from 1987-2002, first with IRRI in the Philippines and then with CIMMYT in Mexico. Dr. Pingali is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a member in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Agricultural Economics Association (AAEA). He has over four decades of experience as an academic researcher and development practitioner focused on addressing the problems of global hunger, poverty and environmental sustainability. Pingali has written 14 books and over 150 refereed journal articles and book chapters on agriculture and food policy. His 2019 book, “Transforming food systems for a rising India”, has been download 150 thousand times and has been very influential in India’s food and agriculture community. His latest book, with Andaleeb Rahman, “The future of India’s safety nets”, was published in January 2024.