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Discussant comments on “China’s Agricultural Development and Policies: Are There Lessons for Sub-Saharan Africa?”

Commentary / May 3, 2013

China is indeed an intriguing potential role model for developing nations in quest of rapid economic growth and successful poverty reduction. It has not only sustained an average annual GDP growth rate of 10 percent between 1980 and 2011, it has also been extraordinarily successful at reducing poverty, taking more than 650 million people out of extreme poverty over the period. These are two extraordinary feats. It is, however, often said that China is a unique case, with few transposable lessons due to its exceptional size and past.

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Scott Rozelle on How Agriculture Vitalized China's Economy

News / April 24, 2013
Over the last thirty years, China’s rural income per capita has risen an astounding 20 times. Millions have been lifted out of poverty and have moved from the rural sector to China's thriving big cities. China expert Scott Rozelle credits this remarkable growth to the government's decision to put land in the hands of farmers, deregulate markets, and heavily invest in the agricultural sector.
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Video: Understanding the limits of crops under extreme heat

News / April 16, 2013
FSE associate director David Lobell delivers a lecture on "Understanding the limits of crops (and models) under extreme heat" as part of UC Davis' Climate-Smart Agriculture conference. Lobell's talk begins at 51:00.
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David Lobell talks about heat and hunger at ASU

News / March 26, 2013
FSE associate director David Lobell delivers a lecture on "Heat and Hunger" as part of Arizona State University's Global Institute of Sustainability's sustainability series. He discusses crop adaptation to climate change and what we understand, particularly as it relates to food security.
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Satellite data play critical role in understanding yield gaps

News / March 21, 2013
According to a new study by FSE's David Lobell, satellite data can play a critical role in understanding yield gaps and meeting future crop demand. Satellite data can help overcome spatial and temporal scaling issues that challenge simulation and experiment based analyses of yield gaps, and are more available and affordable than ever.
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Corn getting thirstier with climate change

News / March 5, 2013
A new study led by FSE associate director David Lobell finds water stress may be the main culprit behind diminishing crop yields at higher temperatures. The paper appeared in the March online edition of Nature Climate Change.
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Agricultural climate adaptation can mitigate too

News / February 26, 2013
Adapting to climate change or mitigating climate change – which would you choose to invest your cash in? A new study shows that when it comes to agriculture, adaptation measures can also generate significant mitigation effects, making them a highly worthwhile investment.
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Stanford scientists help shed light on key component of China's pollution problem

News / February 25, 2013
A new study co-authored by FSE affiliated faculty Peter Vitousek reveals, among other findings, that amounts of nitrogen deposited on land and water in China by way of rain, dust and other carriers increased by 60 percent annually from the 1980s to the 2000s, with profound consequences for the country’s people and ecosystems.
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Debating the future of food in Africa

News / February 13, 2013
Africa owns 60% of the world’s uncultivated land suited for crop production, but accounts for 30% of the world’s malnourished and only 3% of global agricultural exports. If there is one thing global agricultural policy experts Paul Collier and Derek Byerlee can agree on, it’s that Africa’s food system is struggling.
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Stanford law professor, security expert to lead FSI

News / February 11, 2013
When Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar takes the helm of FSI in July, he'll oversee the institute's 11 research centers and programs along with a variety of undergraduate and graduate education initiatives on international affairs. His leadership will be marked by a commitment to build on FSI’s interdisciplinary approach to solving some of the world’s biggest problems.
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Benin solar market garden project one of five most hopeful energy projects of 2012

News / January 15, 2013
FSE's Benin solar market garden project was picked as one of the most five hopeful energy stories of 2012 by National Geographic. Jennifer Burney, FSE fellow and lead on the Benin project, is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer. FSE began its partnership with the Solar Electric Light Fund in 2007 and continues to work together to spread the technology into new villages in West Africa.
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