Dr. Prabhu Lakshminarayana Pingali

Born in Gudivada, Andhra Pradesh, India on February 12, 1955. Educated at Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Rajasthan, India with a M.A. (Hons) in Economics in 1977 and at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA with a PhD in Economics (minor in Statistics) in 1982.

Professor of Applied Economics and Director of the Tata-Cornell Institute for Agriculture and Nutrition (TCI), and Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, United States, 2013 - Present.

Deputy Director, Agriculture Development, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, Washington, United States, 2008-13; Director, Agricultural and Development Economics Division, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), Rome, Italy, 2002-08; Director, Economics Program, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), Texcoco, Mexico, 1996-2002; Affiliate Professor, University of the Philippines, Los Banos, Philippines, 1987-96; Program Leader and Agricultural Economics, International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Laguna, Philippines, 1987-96; Visiting Scholar, Stanford University, Food Research Institute, Stanford, California, United States, 1994; Economist/Consultant, The World Bank, Washington, DC, United States, 1982-87); Research Assistant, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina, United States, 1977-82; and Researcher, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Hyderabad, India, 1976.

Awards/Honours: Outstanding Alumnus, Birla Institute of Technology and Science, 2018; Outstanding Alumnus, North Carolina State University, 2010; Honorary Life Member (Equivalent to Fellow), International Association of Agricultural Economists, 2009; Elected Member (Foreign Associate), U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 2007; Distinguished Fellow, American Agricultural Economics Association, 2006; Outstanding Publication Award shared with A.C. Rola for "Pesticides, Rice Productivity, and Farmers' Health: An Economic Assessment," Philippine National Academy of Sciences and Technology, 1997; Policy Article Prize shared with John Antle for "Pesticides, Farmer Health and Productivity,” Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy, University of Minnesota, 1995; M.S. Swaminathan Award for Social Science Research and Development for the book "Pesticides, Rice Productivity and Farmers' Health: An Economic Assessment," M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, 1993; and Quality of Research Discovery Award for the book entitled "Agricultural Mechanization and the Evolution of Farming Systems in Sub-Saharan Africa,” American Agricultural Economics Association, 1988.

Fellow: IAAE, AAEA

Research Areas: Agricultural Development, Economic Development, Food and Nutrition Policy, Rural Poverty Reduction, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

Address: Professor of Applied Economics & Director, Tata-Cornell Institute (TCI), College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics & Management, SC Johnson College of Business, Room 375J Warren Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 USA; [Tel: Off. (607) 255-4416; Email: plp39@cornell.edu]