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Who We Are
Stanford University’s Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) addresses critical global issues of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation. Our long-term goals focus on designing new approaches to solving food security’s global challenges by building an evolving research portfolio with a team of experts in relevant scientific, economic, and policy areas. FSE is a joint effort of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.
A majority of the roughly 1 billion hungry people in the world depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Improving agricultural productivity is central to alleviating hunger. We seek to generate solutions that address feeding the world without destroying the environment in the process.
We offer courses for graduate and undergraduate students at Stanford interested in issues of hunger, rural development, global resource and environmental degradation, agricultural technology, climate impacts on food security, and agricultural trade and policy.
Remote sensing approaches to improving aid targeting and understanding aid effectiveness
Poverty alleviation through sustainable palm oil production
Marine conservation assessment in China
Core Faculty and Researchers
To address the many complex dimensions of modern environmental science, our researchers come from diverse fields, including economics, earth science, medicine, law, education, engineering, and political science. We study new approaches to global hunger and environmental degradation through an inter-disciplinary research portfolio that spans economics, policy, and the physical sciences.
Rosamond L. Naylor
Roz's research focuses on economic and biophysical dimensions of food security and environmental impacts of crop and animal production.
David's research research focuses on agriculture and food security, specifically on generating and using unique datasets to study rural areas worldwide.
Marshall's research focuses on social and economic impacts of environmental change, and on the economics of rural development in Africa.
Walter P. Falcon
Wally's research focuses on biotechnology, food security and food and agricultural policy in developing countries.
In the News
The Tropical Oil Crop Revolution provides a broad synthesis of the major supply and demand drivers in their production; their economic, social, and environmental impacts; and the future outlook to 2050.
Stanford researchers view ocean management as next front for China to compete as global sustainability leaders.
The availability of accurate and reliable information on the location of impoverished zones is surprisingly lacking for much of the world. Applying machine learning to satellite images could identify impoverished regions in Africa.