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Scholarly Publications

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.

Searching for Solutions in Aquaculture: Charting a sustainable course

October 2012

Aquaculture is currently the fastest growing animal food production sector and will soon supply more than half of the world’s seafood for human consumption.

News

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.

Monitoring crops from space

November 2015

 As Earth's population grows toward a projected 9 billion by 2050 and climate change puts growing pressure on the world's agriculture, researchers are turning to technology to help safeguard the...

"Doomsday vault" founder calls for seed saving, plant breeding to cope with climate change

May 2015

Governments must do more to diversify the types of crops grown throughout the world.

Events

Connecting the Dots 2015: The Food, Energy, Water and Climate Nexus

April 17, 2015

For more information and to register, visit tomkat.stanford.edu/ctd.Each year Stanford experts from a range of disciplines meet to discuss the interconnections and interactions among humanity's...

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.

Africa's Food Systems in 2030

February 5, 2013

Paul Collier will talk about how to manage the difference between helpful and damaging commercialisation, and puts forth three arguments.

Projects

Solar Market Gardens as a Tool for Rural Development

In the northern region of Benin, in the Sudano-Sahel region of West Africa, the dry season between rains can last six to nine months at a time.
English

Multimedia

Interview: Dr. Cary Fowler

May 2015

On May 6, Dr.

Doomsday Vaults, Genebanks and Plant Breeding in the Age of Climate Change

May 2015

On May 6, 2015 Dr. Cary Fowler visited Stanford to speak about his life's work preserving crop genetic diversity to protect the global food supply from the future impacts of climate change.

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

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
Rodrigo Pizarro Visiting Scholar