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

​Distinguished Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University, Dr. Thomas Hertel, delivered the lecture Managing the Global Commons: Sustainable Agriculture and Use of the World’s Land and Water Resources in the 21st Century on March 11, at FAFS.

Professor Hertel explored the global drivers of local sustainability stresses, particularly those related to food, land and water, and the regional and global consequences of public and private responses to these stresses. Hertel, a University Research Board Visiting Scholar, visited AUB at the invitation of the Food Security Program (FSP).

While in Beirut, Dr. Hertel spoke with students from the Master of Science in FSP, met faculty experts in food and water security and the social sciences, and visited the AREC farm in the Bekaa Valley. Hertel is a world-renowned authority on modelling global economic data as this relates to food and nutrition security. He has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles and several dozen-book chapters. See a video of Professor Hertel's YouTube interview.