Alumni Short

Ndulo Co-edits Book on the Food and Financial
Crisis in Sub-Saharan Africa

Ithaca, NEW YORK, May 23
“Over the past several years many countries have been affected by the continuing rise of food prices and energy prices. This has been compounded by still lingering effects of the global financial crisis which started in 2008,” says Muna Ndulo, Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for African Development (IAD) at Cornell. He adds, “This ‘dual crisis’… has propelled millions of people worldwide into hunger.” A new book co-edited by Ndulo examines the problem and offers recommendations for the crises of the future.

The Food and Financial Crises in Sub-Saharan Africa: Origins, Impacts and Policy Implications (CAB International 2011) is co-edited by David R. Lee, a faculty member of Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, and compiles papers presented at a 2009 symposium hosted by IAD. Ndulo also recruited Law School Professor Robert Hockett to contribute a chapter.

“The book examines key issues emerging from these crises,” says Ndulo. “Its overall objective is to make a contribution to the state of knowledge on these issues and highlight possible responses — and thereby help policy makers as they adopt measures to deal with the ‘dual crisis.’”

An internationally recognized scholar who has served as a legal expert on several UN missions and a consultant in the constitutional processes of Kenya, Zimbabwe, Somalia, and Sudan, Ndulo was recently honored with the 2012 Africanist Award from the New York African Studies Association. Ndulo, along with a group of Cornell Law students, played a major role in achieving the Garowe II Principles, signed in February, a political agreement between Somalia’s various factions that will inform the drafting process of the country’s new Constitution and transitional laws.

The Food and Financial Crises in Sub-Saharan Africa: Origins, Impacts and Policy Implications may be ordered through the CABI Bookshop.

-- Owen Lubozynski