Handbook of International Food and Agricultural Policies (In 3 Volumes)


Authors : Tim Josling (Stanford), William H Meyers (University of Missouri, USA), Thomas Johnson (University of Missouri, USA), Donna H Roberts (formerly US Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, USA), Karl Meilke (University of Guelph, Canada)

Publisher : World Scientific

ISBN : 978-981-3226-28-9

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Handbook of International Food and Agricultural Policies is a three-volume set that aims to provide an accessible reference for those interested in the aims and implementation of food and farm policies throughout the world. The treatment is authoritative, comprehensive and forward looking. The three volumes combine scholarship and pragmatism, relating academic writing to real-world issues faced by policy-makers. A companion volume looking at the future resource and climate challenges for global agriculture will be published in the future.

Volume I covers Farm and Rural Development policies of developed and developing countries. The volume contains 20 country chapters together with a concluding comprehensive synthesis of lessons to be drawn from the experiences of the individual countries.

Volume II examines the experience of countries with food policies, including those dealing with food safety and quality and the responsibility for food security in developing countries. The chapters address issues such as obesity, nutritional supplements, organic foods, food assistance programs, biotech food acceptance, and the place of private standards.

Volume III describes and explains the international trade dimension of farm and food policies — both at the bilateral and regional level — and also the multilateral rules that influence and constrain individual governments. The volume also looks at the steps that countries are together taking to meet the needs of developing and low-income countries.

The volumes are of value to students and researchers interested in economic development, agricultural markets and food systems. Policy-makers and professionals involved in monitoring and regulating agricultural and food markets would also find the volumes useful in their practical work. This three-volume set is also a suitable source for the general public interested in how their food system is influenced by government policies.
Dr Timothy Josling is Professor Emeritus at the Food Research Institute at Stanford University; a Senior Fellow at the Stanford's Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies; and a faculty member at FSI's Europe Center. At Stanford, Josling teaches a course in the Economics and Political Economy of the Multilateral Trade System, in the International Relations program.

He has published widely on issues of trade policy, particularly as it relates to food and farm products. His current research interests include the consistency between farm and food policy and greenhouse gas emission targets; the growth in the market for organic foods; the role of health and safety regulations in trade; and the role of regional and bilateral trade agreements in the multilateral trade system.

Dr William H Meyers received his PhD in Agricultural Economics at University of Minnesota. Prior to coming to the University of Missouri, Meyers was Agricultural Economist at the Economic Research Service (ERS), US Department of Agriculture, 1977–1979 and Professor of Economics at Iowa State University (ISU) 1979–2003. He taught graduate courses in Advanced Price Analysis, Food, Agricultural and Rural Policy, and an Honors course on the Challenges of EU Enlargement to Central and Eastern Europe. He served as Director, Agriculture and Economic Development Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in Rome, from July 1999 to July 2002. He was on an interdisciplinary team that developed the Food Systems, Culture and Society MS program at the Open University of Catalonia in 2009.

His professional career has been devoted primarily to economic modeling and analysis of agricultural trade and policy interactions and impacts for the United States and many other countries, policy reform and economic development in transition countries of Europe, and international agricultural, and rural development policy.

Dr Thomas Johnson is Professor Emeritus at the University of Missouri. His research includes interdisciplinary projects in such areas as the economic and environmental impacts of bioenergy, the economics of transportation, local government finance, and local, state and national policy evaluation. He has served as a consultant on projects for the USAID, the European Union Commission, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the governments of Canada, Ukraine, Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Ireland and Korea. He is a founding member of the International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Consortium.

Dr Donna H Roberts was Associate Director of the Market and Trade Economics Division of the US Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service, until her retirement in July 2016. She served as a delegate to the World Trade Organization's Committee on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures in Geneva from 1996 to 2002. She has written extensively on food safety and on the effectiveness of border inspection of agricultural products.

Dr Karl Meilke joined the University of Guelph faculty, in 1973, after completing a PhD in agricultural and applied economics at the University of Minnesota. His current research interests include the evaluation of the effects of domestic and international policies on world commodity markets. He maintains an active interest in regional and multilateral trade negotiations and in contingent protection laws.

Meilke is a former Chair of the International Agricultural Trade Research Consortium and currently serves as Director of the Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy Research Network.

In June 2011, Meilke retired from the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Guelph.
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