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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.


Solar-powered irrigation helps farmers break the cycle of poverty and malnutrition.
Mapping and measuring climate change impacts on agriculture to help farmers adapt.
The effects of biofuels policy on the environment, food security, and the world food economy.
Rising global demand for food is changing how and where the world produces crops and livestock.
Unraveling connections among hunger, poverty, conflict, disease and environmental degradation.
Exploring solutions for sustainable aquaculture in coastal and open ocean ecosystems.
The impacts of food price volatility on the food security of the poorest billion, and policy tools to stabilize global food prices.
The Rural Education Action Program (REAP) conducts real world, experiment-based research to provide policy makers with clear scientific results that can help...