Author Archives: Gilbert Levine

About Gilbert Levine

is professor emeritus of biological and environmental engineering at Cornell University, and served as Director of the university’s Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies. An expert in tropical irrigation and water management, he conducted research related to new rice varieties in the Philippines during the 1960s, and worked with the International Rice Research Institute and other international agricultural research centers throughout his career. During the 1980s, Levine was a program officer in the Ford Foundation’s India office, making grants in the agricultural and rural development sector.

Can Philanthropy Feed The World?: A Review Of David Rieff’s The Reproach Of Hunger

The world has done a remarkable job of feeding itself. Despite population growth, the Food and Agriculture Organization reports that the prevalence of hunger in most parts of the developing world has declined from 18.2 percent in 2002 to 13.5 percent in 2013. In part, this is because food itself has become more affordable. Prices of staple foods have declined (with occasional blips): in 1995 the average price for maize was about $350 per ton, in 1995 it was about $200 per ton, and last Continue reading →