American Univesity of Beirut

Managing the Global Commons: Sustainable Agriculture and Use of the World’s Land and Water Resources in the 21st Century

Professor Thomas Hertel, ​Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, delivered a lecture on " Managing the Global​ Commons: Sustainable Agriculture and Use of the World's Land and Water Resources in the 21st Century " on March 11 at the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. In his remarks, Professor Hertel explored the global drivers of local sustainability stresses – particularly those related to food, land and water - as well as the regional and global consequences of public and private responses to these stresses.


Professor Hertel traveled to the American University of Beirut as a University Research Board Visiting Scholar from March 11-15, at the invitation of the Food Security Program. In addition to the guest lecture, Professor Hertel spoke with students of the Master of Science in Food Security program, met with faculty experts in food and water security and social sciences, and visited the AUB farm in the Bekaa Valley.


Professor Hertel is one of the leading scholars in the world on modelling global economic data applied to food and nutrition security. He has also published more than 120 peer-reviewed journal articles alongside several dozen-book chapters.

To access the additional content, watch a video of Professor Hertel's interview via YouTube or click here ​to access Professor Hertel's presentation as a PDF f​ile​.

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