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This image is having trouble loading!FSI researchers examine the role of energy sources from regulatory, economic and societal angles. The Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD) investigates how the production and consumption of energy affect human welfare and environmental quality. Professors assess natural gas and coal markets, as well as the smart energy grid and how to create effective climate policy in an imperfect world. This includes how state-owned enterprises – like oil companies – affect energy markets around the world. Regulatory barriers are examined for understanding obstacles to lowering carbon in energy services. Realistic cap and trade policies in California are studied, as is the creation of a giant coal market in China.

Scholarly Publications

The Tropical Oil Crop Revolution: Food, Feed, Fuel, and Forests

November 2016

Over the last two decades global production of soybean and palm oil seeds have increased enormously.

Colocation opportunities for large solar infrastructures and agriculture in drylands

March 2016

We explored the potential to colocate solar installations and agriculture.Water use at solar installations are similar to amounts required for desert plants.Co-located systems are economically...

The Evolving Sphere of Food Security

September 2014

The Evolving Sphere of Food Security seeks to answer two important questions: How do the priorities and challenges of achieving food security change over time as countries develop economically?

Other Publications

Skills and occupational needs in renewable energy

November 2011

Climate Change and China's Agricultural Sector: Impacts, Adaptation, and Mitigation

May 2010

Although China and the United States are the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, China’s emissions on a per capita basis are significantly lower than those of the U.S.: in 2005, per capita...

Prioritizing climate change adaptation needs for food security - Policy Brief

December 2008

The potential impact of climate change on the world’s poor is a topic with wide and growing interest, but there remains much uncertainty about how specifically to adapt to a changing climate.

News

Stuck in the mud: Stanford’s scholarly farmer on the soggy fortunes of Midwest growers

July 2013

FSE deputy director Walter Falcon shares field notes from his farm in Iowa a year after the region experienced its worst drought in decades.

Bringing a green and blue revolution to Africa

May 2013

Food and water security in sub-Saharan Africa remain a challenge despite the region’s abundance of arable land and untapped water resources.

Events

Earth Matters: Feeding the World in the 21st Century

October 2, 2014

Meeting the world’s need for food in the 21st century presents unprecedented challenges and opportunities.

Water and agriculture in a changing Africa: What might be done?

May 23, 2013

Effective water management is one key element of agricultural innovation and growth.

Connecting the Dots 2013: The Energy, Food, Water, and Climate Nexus

April 19, 2013

Stanford experts from a range of disciplines will discuss the interconnections and interactions among humanity’s need for and use of energy, food, water, and environmental resources.

Projects

The Yaqui Valley Revisited: A case study on agricultural sustainability in Mexico

The Yaqui Valley is the birthplace of the Green Revolution and one of the most intensive agricultural regions of the world, using irrigation, fertilizers, and other technologies to produce some of...
English

Land Tenure and Property Rights in Sub-Saharan African Countries: Understanding the Legal Implications of Large-Scale Land Investments

This research area explores the national and international land and water laws that govern land tenure and property rights in sub-Saharan African countries, with the aim of understanding how large...
English

Evaluating Climate Adaptation Options in African Agriculture

FSE's previous Rockefeller project on "Prioritizing Investments in Food Security under a Changing Climate" pursued several research directions in an effort to better characterize the risks that...
English

Multimedia

Food, Energy & Water Security: Implications for U.S. National Security

October 2016

FSE Director Roz Naylor spoke at the panel session in Washington D.C. with Stanford scholars and other experts discussed pressing environmental and energy challenges and risks that the next Administration will need to confront.

Benin solar market gardens: video gallery

March 2012

This video gallery features the success story of a women's farming group in Nothern Benin who through the adoption of solar-powered irrigation pumps increased household income and nutritional intake in just one year.

People

Rosamond L. Naylor Senior Fellow William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute, Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor, by courtesy, Economics
David Lobell Senior Fellow Associate Professor, Earth System Science, William Wrigley Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Patrick Baylis Postdoctoral scholar, Center on Food Security and the Environment
Wolfram Schlenker Visiting Scholar