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Who We Are
Stanford University’s Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) addresses critical global issues of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation. Our long-term goals focus on designing new approaches to solving food security’s global challenges by building an evolving research portfolio with a team of experts in relevant scientific, economic, and policy areas. FSE is a joint effort of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.
A majority of the roughly 800 million hungry people in the world depend on agriculture for their livelihoods. Improving agricultural productivity is central to alleviating hunger. We seek to generate solutions that address feeding the world without destroying the environment in the process.Learn More Learn More
We offer courses for graduate and undergraduate students at Stanford interested in issues of hunger, rural development, global resource and environmental degradation, agricultural technology, climate impacts on food security, and agricultural trade and policy.Learn more Learn more
Achieving global food security in the 21st century requires an understanding of interconnected issues such as energy, water, climate, health, technology, education, gender, national security, and governance.Learn more about our research topics
Core Faculty and Researchers
To address the many complex dimensions of modern environmental science, our researchers come from diverse fields, including economics, earth science, medicine, law, education, engineering, and political science. We study new approaches to global hunger and environmental degradation through an inter-disciplinary research portfolio that spans economics, policy, and the physical sciences.
Gloria and Richard Kushel Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment
William Wrigley Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Professor, Earth System Science
David's research research focuses on agriculture and food security, specifically on generating and using unique datasets to study rural areas worldwide.
Rosamond L. Naylor
Founding Director '05-'18 and Senior Fellow, Center on Food Security and the Environment
William Wrigley Professor of Earth Systems Science, Professor (by courtesy) in Economics
Roz's research focuses on economic and biophysical dimensions of food security and environmental impacts of crop and animal production.
Walter P. Falcon
Helen Farnsworth Professor of International Agricultural Policy, Economics (Emeritus)
Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Wally's research focuses on biotechnology, food security and food and agricultural policy in developing countries.