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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

Diversification into high-value crops is key to breaking the persistent poverty cycle and improving local nutrition. High value crops increase returns to...
Researchers at FSE are currently assessing options for farming finfish sustainably in coastal ecosystems and the open ocean, and potential feed alternatives to...
The effects of biofuels development on the environment, food security, and the world food economy.
This platform examines the potential effects of climate change on regional and global food security. Research topics include: past and future effects of...
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.
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...