Dr. Per Pinstrup-Andersen, a native of Denmark, joined IFPRI as its director general in 1992. Prior to this, he was director of the Cornell Food and Nutrition Policy Program, professor of food economics at Cornell University, and a member of the Technical Advisory Committee to the CGIAR. Before taking up his teaching and research positions at Cornell, Pinstrup-Andersen served as a research fellow and director of the Food Consumption and Nutrition Policy Program at IFPRI, an agricultural economist at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Colombia, director of the Agro-Economic Division at the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) in the United States, and an associated professor of the Danish Veterinary and Agricultural University in Copenhagen. Pinstrup-Andersen is a member of several committees, including the National Research Council's Committee on Biotechnology. Pinstrup-Andersen holds a B.S. in agricultural economics from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University in Denmark and an M.S. and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University. His awards include the Distinguished Alumnus of the Economics Institute of the University of Colorado, a Certificate of Merit for excellence in research from Gamma Sigma Delta, an Outstanding Journal Article Award, and a Ph.D. Thesis Award, both from the American Agricultural Economics Association. He holds honorary doctors degrees from Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University in India, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, the University of Aberdeen, U.K, the Wageningen University in the Netherlands, and he is honorary professor at the Tashkent State University in Uzbekistan. He received the Charles A. Black Award for outstanding record of research and communication in 1998 and the Danish Agronomy Prize in 2000.
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