Dr. Ken Foster has been a professor at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, USA since 1990. During that time, his work has encompassed the fields of production economics and marketing with special emphasis on the structure and performance of agricultural production and marketing systems. Foster’s research and outreach activities have included testimony to U.S. Senate committees and state legislative study committees on the competitiveness of livestock markets. Likewise, his work has influenced the decisions of private stakeholders in the livestock and meat industry. His coauthored book Positioning Your Pork Operation for the 21st Century provided guidance to the international pork industry during a time of dramatic technological and managerial revolution around the turn of the century.
More recently, Foster and his coauthors published the book How to Feed the World with the goal of inserting science through common language into the debate about global food security and sustainability. Ken received recognition from the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association for Distinguished Graduate Teaching in 2009 and Outstanding Outreach/Extension Program in 1992 and 1996. He was named Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor in 2007 by the College of Agriculture at Purdue University and added to Purdue University’s Book of Great Teachers in 2018. From 2010 to 2013, he served as the Chair of the National Association of Agricultural Economics Administrators. Professor Foster teaches agricultural price analysis and applied time series analysis, has experience working on food and agricultural issues in North America, Latin America, Australia, China, Europe, and Africa. His current research activity explores improvement and development of agricultural value chains – with emphasis on Latin America – and the performance of agricultural production systems. Foster is also a part time farmer who operates a third generation beekeeping and honey business.
Ken and Jessica’s book, How to Feed the World is available for purchase here: https://islandpress.org/books/how-feed-world