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Productive food systems and their environmental consequences are at the core of the program. With roughly 1 billion hungry people in the world, three-quarters of which live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, improving agricultural productivity will be central to any effort at alleviating hunger. At the same time, agriculture is one of the largest contributors to global environmental degradation, including land use change and associated ecosystem loss, air and water pollution, and contribution to global climate change. Research at FSE seeks to generate solutions that address these problems simultaneously, shedding light on how to feed the world without destroying the environment in the process.

Research

Growing nutritious, high-value crops helps small farmers break the cycle of poverty and malnutrition, but it also requires irrigation. Small-scale water...
Climate change impacts agriculture and threatens global food security. Our research aims to answer: Where will climate effects hit hardest? What adaptations...
The effects of biofuels development on the environment, food security, and the world food economy.
Explosive growth in the global demand for meat and seafood is changing the nature of food production and putting increasing pressure on natural resources...
This focal area seeks to unravel the "deadly connections" among hunger, disease, environmental degradation, and civil conflict in poor countries.
Researchers at FSE are currently assessing options for farming finfish sustainably in coastal ecosystems and the open ocean, and potential feed alternatives to...
Research, teaching, and outreach activities focused on hunger alleviation, human well-being in poor countries, and "security" as defined by provision of...
The Rural Education Action Program (REAP) conducts real world, experiment-based research to provide policy makers with clear scientific results that can help...