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 A man walks through a sandstorm in Chad

Air Pollution's Connection to Infant Mortality

News / June 29, 2020
The study of sub-Saharan Africa finds that a relatively small increase in airborne particles significantly increases infant mortality rates. A cost-effective solution may lie in an exotic-sounding...

Stanford researchers harness satellite imagery and AI to help fight poverty in Africa

News / May 22, 2020
A new tool combines publicly accessible satellite imagery with AI to track poverty across African villages over time.

COVID-19 Could Exacerbate Food Insecurity Around the World, Stanford Expert Warns

News / May 5, 2020
COVID-19 and other looming threats could make it much harder for people to access food. David Lobell, director of Stanford’s Center on Food Security and the Environment, outlines likely scenarios and...
Marshall Burke

Marshall Burke Promoted to FSI Senior Fellow

News / May 1, 2020
Burke’s research focuses on the social and economic impacts of environmental change, and on the economics of rural development in Africa.

The Political Economy of Water Delivery in India

News / April 2, 2020

As part of a Center on Food Security and the Environment event, World Bank Country Director for India Junaid Ahmad discussed the political economy of water and managing service delivery in the world’s second most populous country.

Ahmad began his talk with a story about how he first began to understand how people receive water in India. The year was 2000, and he was in Delhi with his friend, the city manager of Johannesburg. His friend noticed that water was being stored in tanks on top of houses and buildings, and was appalled.

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Meeting Global Food Security Challenges with Innovation

News / April 1, 2020

Agricultural and development economist Christopher B. Barrett, a visiting scholar with the Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE), gave a lecture at Stanford on food systems advances over the past 50 years that have promoted unprecedented reduction globally in poverty and hunger, averted considerable deforestation, and broadly improved lives, livelihoods and environments in much of the world (watch video here or below).

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Researchers present their work at AGU 2019

News / December 8, 2019

Each year, thousands of scientists from across the globe come together at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) annual fall meeting to share new findings and research on pressing topics facing our world, including climate change, extreme events, environmental pollution, groundwater resources and more.

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Reduced Soil Tilling Helps Both Soils and Yields, Stanford Researchers Find

News / December 6, 2019

Agriculture degrades over 24 million acres of fertile soil every year, raising concerns about meeting the rising global demand for food. But a simple farming practice born from the 1930’s Dust Bowl could provide a solution, according to new Stanford research. The study, published Dec.

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Microsatellite data can help double impact of agricultural interventions

News / October 7, 2019

Data from microsatellites can be used to detect and double the impact of sustainable interventions in agriculture at large scales, according to a new study led by the University of Michigan.

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When Food Insecurity Becomes a National Security Threat: A Conversation with David Beasley

News / October 7, 2019

More than 820 million people around the world don’t have enough to eat and their hunger affects us all. “Without food security, you will have no other security,” said David Beasley, the executive director of the World Food Programme, to an audience of Stanford members and local residents on Oct. 1. 

Beasley along with predecessor Ertharin Cousin, a visiting scholar with Stanford’s Center of Food Security and the Environment, helped shape the United Nations’ anti-hunger program into the world’s largest hunger relief organization, feeding over 90 million people every year.

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Flood, Drought and Political Invasion: A Lament From Rural Iowa

Commentary / September 10, 2019

This posting, my eighth annual edition, comes again from our mid-sized corn, soybean, and cattle farm in Linn County, Iowa.  My wife and I may not be typical owners, but our farming operation is a fair representation of what is happening in rural America. The overwhelming reaction for 2019 is, “Wow, what a difference a year makes.”  In 2018, growing conditions were practically perfect; in 2019, almost nothing has gone right.

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How to Keep the Next Generation of Farmers in Business

News / July 18, 2019

Not many people go into farming to get rich. Low commodity prices, high operational costs and limited profit opportunities cloud the outlook. William Wrigley Professor and FSE Founding Director ROSAMOND NAYLOR gave a keynote presentation on the path toward a more profitable future at an agricultural symposium hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

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ESA Honors Rosamond Naylor

News / April 5, 2019

The Ecological Society of America (ESA) has named William Wrigley Professor and FSE Founding Director ROSAMOND NAYLOR as one of its 2019 Fellows. The lifetime appointment recognizes Naylor for “designing ecologically and economically sound practices that protect native species and enhance global food security in marine and terrestrial ecosystems,” according to the ESA’s April 4th  announcement.  

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Effects of Climate Change on Suicide Rates

News / March 29, 2019

As global temperatures rise, climate change’s impacts on mental health are becoming increasingly evident. Recent research has linked elevated temperatures to an increase in violence, stress and decreased cognitive function leading to impacts such as reduced test scores, lowered worker productivity and impaired decision-making.

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Effects of Climate Change on Hunger

News / March 19, 2019

As the climate changes, where plants grow best is predicted to shift. Crops that once thrived as a staple in one region may no longer be plentiful enough to feed a community that formerly depended on it. Beyond where plants grow, there’s also the issue of how they grow. Evidence suggests that plants grown in the presence of high carbon dioxide levels aren’t as nutritious.

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Oceans and the Future of Food

News / January 23, 2019
Stanford’s Center for Ocean Solutions and Center on Food Security and the Environment, together with Springer-Nature, are hosting a workshop focused on building a research agenda that, for the first time, analyzes the role of oceans within the context of global food systems.
 
Massive changes in the global food sector over the next few decades – driven by climate change and other environmental stresses, growing population and income, advances in technology, and shifts in policies and trade patterns – will have profound implications for the oceans and vice versa.
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The Double-Edged Sword of Palm Oil

Blog / January 16, 2019

Nearly ubiquitous in products ranging from cookies to cosmetics, palm oil represents a bedeviling double-edged sword. Widespread cultivation of oil palm trees has been both an economic boon and an environmental disaster for tropical developing-world countries, contributing to large-scale habitat loss, among other impacts.

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Food system failures in our age of abundance

Blog / January 11, 2019

Twelve-year-old Lena is growing up poor and malnourished on Chicago’s West Side. She buys Blue Juice and Hot Chips from the corner store on her way to school. She and her classmates can afford the flavoured sugar water and salty starch, but this cheap “food” that fills up her stomach provides no nutritional value. 

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Connecting food and agriculture professionals

Q&A / October 12, 2018

The recently launched Stanford Alumni in Food & Ag group aims to bring together Stanford graduates with a background or interest in food and agriculture issues. Tannis Thorlakson, one of the group’s creators, works as the environmental lead for Driscoll’s in the U.S. and Canada, and recently earned her Ph.D. from Stanford’s E-IPER program. She hopes the group will help alumni stay connected with cutting-edge research and stay up-to-date on news within the food and agriculture space.

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Three new center directors look to the future at FSI

News / October 2, 2018

FSI's three new center directors, Anna Grzymala-Busse, Colin Kahl, and David Lobell, outline their vision.

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Marshall Burke Interview: "The Future of Everything with Russ Altman"

News / September 26, 2018

Marshall Burke, assistnat professor of Earth system science and deptuy director at the Center on Food Security and the Enviroment shares his insights on how climate change is already impacting human behavior and what interventions are cost effective when it comes to combating the global change in climate.

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Notes from an Iowa Farm: Prices, Politics, and Precipitation

News / September 24, 2018

These field notes constitute my seventh summer report from our Iowa farm.  As readers of prior postings may remember, my wife and I own a medium-sized farm in east-central Iowa that produces corn, soybeans, and beef from a cow-calf herd.

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Climate change projected to increase insect-driven crop loss

News / August 31, 2018

But new research is showing that climate change is expected to accelerate rates of crop loss due to the activity of another group of hungry creatures — insects. A paper published Aug. 31 in the journal Science reports that insect activity in today's temperate, crop-growing regions will rise along with temperatures. Researchers project that this activity, in turn, will boost worldwide losses of rice, corn and wheat by 10-25 percent for each degree Celsius that global mean surface temperatures rise.

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