International Agriculture Seminar
"The Politics and Potential of Biotech Crops in Africa"
Dr. Robert Paarlberg
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Dean's Auditorium, Pfendler Hall
Robert Paarlberg is the Betty Freyhof Johnson Class of 1944 Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College and Associate at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University. He received his B.A. in government from Carleton College in Minnesota and his Ph.D. in government from Harvard. He has served as visiting professor of government at Harvard, as a legislative aide in the U.S. Senate, and as an officer in the U.S. Naval Intelligence Command.
Paarlberg's principal research interests are international agricultural and environmental policy. His latest book, Starved for Science: How Biotechnology Is Being Kept Out of Africa (Harvard University Press, March 2008), explains why poor African farmers are denied access to productive technologies, particularly genetically engineered seeds with improved resistance to insects and drought. In this study, and in his forthcoming book, Food Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press), Rob frequently challenges the conventional wisdom.
A leading scholar on the role of science and technology in agricultural development, and a popular teacher and public speaker, Paarlberg has served as a consultant to USAID, the World Bank, National Intelligence Council, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rob graduated from West Lafayette High School and maintains deep roots in the Purdue community.
This Seminar is sponsored by International Programs in Agriculture and the Department of Agricultural Economics.