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Agriculture

Scholarly Publications

Assessing the heterogeneity and persistence of farmers’ maize yield performance across the North China Plain

March 2017

The gap between yield potential and average farmers’ yield measures the capacity for yield improvement with current technology.

Satellite-based assessment of yield variation and its determinants in smallholder African systems

February 2017

The emergence of satellite sensors that can routinely observe millions of individual smallholder farms raises possibilities for monitoring and understanding agricultural productivity in many...

Satellite detection of rising maize yield heterogeneity in the U.S. Midwest

January 2017

The future trajectory of crop yields in the United States will influence food supply and land use worldwide. We examine maize and soybean yields for 2000–2015 in the Midwestern U.S.

Other Publications

Climate Change Impact on Agriculture: Implications for Food Security and Hunger

June 2015

David Lobell’s recent research indicates that negative impacts to the global agriculture system are much more likely, more severe and wider-ranging in the face of human-caused climate change....

Mechanisms of labor transition during agricultural transformation: The cases of South Korea and Indonesia

December 2011

This paper examines different paths and challenges in stages of agricultural transformation in two Asian countries.

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

Tropical Oil Crops - a More Sustainable Future?

February 2017

An interview with authors of the “The Tropical Oil Crop Revolution” predicts the future of soy and palm oil booms by examining the past and present.

Stanford researchers measure African farm yields using high-resolution satellites

February 2017

Stanford researchers have developed a new way to estimate crop yields from space, using high-resolution photos snapped by a new wave of compact satellites. The approach, detailed in the Feb.

Milestones, Markets and Malaise

September 2016

It is now the end of summer for what has been a milestone year for my wife and me. This essay, itself a mini-milestone, is the fifth annual report from our farm.

Events

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...

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

May 6, 2015

Read a full event summary here. Agricultural crops are on the front lines of climate change. Can we expect increased food production in the context of global warming?

Projects

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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Interdisciplinary Research on Introducing Heat-Tolerant Wheat to Bolster Food Security

The project is supported under the NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows (SEES Fellows) program, with the goal of helping to enable discoveries needed to inform actions...
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Climate variability and global food security, with an eye on France

Extreme weather events and climate variability threaten crop production, food prices, food security, and human lives at local and global scales.
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Multimedia

Interview: Pamela Ronald

January 2017

 Pamela Ronald is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis.

Pamela Ronald, Tomorrow’s Table: Ecologically-based Farming, Plant Genetics and the Future of Food

January 2017

   Pamela Ronald is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis.

Video: Roz Naylor at the Farm Tank 2016 Sustainable Protein Panel

September 2016

The Sustainable Protest Panel from the 2016 Farm Tank Summit, featuring: Moderator: Tom Philpott, Food and Ag Correspondent, Mother JonesKeynote: Sheila Bowman, Seafood Watch Manager of Culinary & Strategic Initiatives, Monterey Bay Aquarium•...

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
Marshall Burke Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Earth System Science
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
George Azzari Postdoctoral scholar, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford Department of Earth System Science, and Stanford Sustainability and Artificial Intelligence Lab
Ryan Edwards Ryan Edwards Postdoctoral scholar Postdoctoral 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
Elsa Ordway PhD candidate, Earth System Science
Christopher Seifert PhD student, Earth System Science
Katrina ole-MoiYoi PhD student, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
Johan Swinnen Affiliate