International Development

International Development

FSI researchers consider international development from a variety of angles. They analyze ideas such as how public action and good governance are cornerstones of economic prosperity in Mexico and how investments in high school education will improve China’s economy.

They are looking at novel technological interventions to improve rural livelihoods, like the development implications of solar power-generated crop growing in Northern Benin.

FSI academics also assess which political processes yield better access to public services, particularly in developing countries. With a focus on health care, researchers have studied the political incentives to embrace UNICEF’s child survival efforts and how a well-run anti-alcohol policy in Russia affected mortality rates.

FSI’s work on international development also includes training the next generation of leaders through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program.

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.

Solar-Powered Drip Irrigation Impacts on Crops Production Diversity and Dietary Diversity in Northern Benin

March 2016

In 2007, "solar market gardens" were installed in 2 villages for women’s agricultural groups as a strategy for enhancing food and nutrition security.

Global non-linear effect of temperature on economic production

November 2015

Growing evidence demonstrates that climatic conditions can have a profound impact on the functioning of modern human societies, but effects on economic activity appear inconsistent.

Other Publications

Center on Food Security and the Environment 2012/13 Brochure

March 2013

The Center on Food Security and the Environment's 2012/13 brochure provides an overview including FSE's mission, research, faculty, and program development.

Climate and Social Stress: Implications for Security Analysis

November 2012

SummaryClimate change can reasonably be expected to increase the frequency and intensity of a variety of potentially disruptive environmental events-slowly at first, but then more quickly.

Climate trend and global crop production since 1980

May 2011

One way of understanding how climate change is likely to affect global food production and food security is to better understand the recent past.

News

Ertharin Cousin, Former US Ambassador and World Food Programme Director, Joins Stanford as Visiting Scholar

August 2017

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University is pleased to announce that former U.S.

India’s groundwater future is at stake

May 2017

Since the 1960s, India’s groundwater irrigation has increased dramatically, playing an important role in its economy and people’s lives — supporting livelihoods of over 26 crore farmers and...

Stanford scientists combine satellite data, machine learning to map poverty

August 2016

One of the biggest challenges in providing relief to people living in poverty is locating them.

Events

Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Palm Oil Production – Research in Progress

September 27, 2016

The Global Development and Poverty Initiative Seminar Series kicks off the 2016 school year with a presentation of one of its most exciting and timely capacity-building projects, "Poverty...

Film Screening: "Seeds of Time" with Dr. Cary Fowler

April 20, 2016

Join us for a free screening of "Seeds of Time: One man's journey to save the future of our food"  from Academy Award nominated director Sandy McLeod.Synposis:A perfect storm is brewing as...

Achieving food security and nutrition for the furthest behind in an era of conflict and climate change

November 20, 2015

Ertharin Cousin began her tenure as the twelfth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on 5 April 2012.Cousin brings more than twenty-five years of national and...

Projects

Climate and Global Poverty

Growing knowledge that the climate is changing has far outpaced our knowledge of how these changes might impact economic outcomes that we care about.  Does climate change constitute one of the most...
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Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Palm Oil Production

This project focuses on private and public sector strategies for promoting sustainable palm oil, with sustainability defined by environmental, social, and economic objectives.
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Food and Nutrition Policy Symposium Series

The Food and Nutrition Policy Symposium Series brings leading experts to Stanford to share new research in an integrated, ten-lecture series on global food and nutrition policy. The series follows...
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Multimedia

Highlights: Craig McIntosh on Technology Adoption in African Agriculture

December 2015

Yields of cereal crops have more than doubled globally since 1960, yet agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa has remained stagnant. Why has the Green Revolution passed Africa by?

Interview: Ertharin Cousin

December 2015

Ertharin Cousin began her tenure as the twelfth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on 5 April 2012.Cousin brings more than twenty-five years of national and international non- profit, government, and corporate...

Achieving Food Security and Nutrition in an Era of Conflict and Climate Change

December 2015

Ertharin Cousin began her tenure as the twelfth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on 5 April 2012.Cousin brings more than twenty-five years of national and international non- profit, government, and corporate...

People

Marshall Burke Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Earth System Science
David Lobell Senior Fellow Professor, Earth System Science, William Wrigley Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Prashant Loyalka Center Fellow
Ling Cao Research scholar
Zhenong Jin Postdoctoral scholar, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford Department of Earth System Science
Sam Heft-Neal Research scholar, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford Department of Earth System Science Research scholar, Center on Food Security and the Environment
Esha Zaveri Postdoctoral scholar, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford Department of Earth System Science
Anthony Louis D'Agostino Postdoctoral scholar,Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford Department of Earth System Science
Katrina ole-MoiYoi PhD student, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
Johan Swinnen Affiliate
Barry Riley Visiting Scholar
Rodrigo Pizarro Visiting Scholar