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Food and Nutrition Policy

CARD's FNP division analyzes food consumption, food safety, nutrition, and food assistance programs in the United States and selected developing nations. Analyses include price and income responses, dietary assessment, program efficiency and cost, and food safety and risk assessment.

The FNP Division has several major projects underway to analyze markets for food safety and quality, the role of food assistance programs under welfare reform, the measurement of hunger and food security, the role of government food programs in improving the nutritional status of individuals, and the cost effectiveness of food safety regulations.


AAEA 2012 Food Environment Symposium
May 30-31, 2012
Tufts University, Boston, MA

Helen Jensen was co-chair of the organizing committee for this joint conference of the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association and the European Association of Agricultural Economists. CARD worked to organize the conference with funding from USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA Economic Research Service, and the Farm Foundation, among others.

The event took place from May 30-31 and focused on the effects of context on consumer food choice. Participants focused on the food environment–the set of choices available to the consumer, where the food came from, and how it got to the consumer. The conference addressed the influence of the food environment on the quality, price, and availability of food, associated health or environmental impacts, and the impact of policies aimed at influencing the food production and choice.

More information can be found at the AAEA website:

Papers presented at the symposium can be viewed here:

Farm and Food Policy and Obesity Workshop
May 21-22, 2010
UC Davis Conference Center
This workshop marks the completion of the four-year project on the effects of agricultural policies on obesity, conducted at UC Davis and Iowa State University. Program, speaker, and other information is available at the UC Davis Web site.

Effects of Agricultural Policies on Human Nutrition and Obesity
A project funded by USDA's National Research Initiative Program, Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service (CSREES). This integrated project quantifies the nature and extent of the effects of economic factors and selected agricultural policies on human nutrition and obesity and links these findings to extension and educational activities. The overall goal is to support better-informed policy decisions through research, outreach and educational programs.

See the latest CARD analysis on food safety.

Recent Papers

The Coffee-Food Security Interface for Subsistence Households in Jimma Zone Ethiopia
John C. Beghin, Yalem Teshome
January 2016 [16-WP 560]

A Consistent Food Demand Framework for International Food Security Assessment
John C. Beghin, Birgit Meade, Stacey Rosen
February 2015 [14-WP 550](Revised)