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FSE on the road

News / October 14, 2014

Faculty and scholars from the Center on Food Security and the Environment are delivering three major lectures this week around the U.S. and the world, on a wide range of food security topics.

On Tuesday, October 14, FSE deputy director David Lobell will speak to an audience of employees of Cargill, in Minneapolis, on the impacts of climate change on agriculture. 

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Blowin' in the wind: Dispatches from the Iowa farm

Commentary / September 8, 2014

It is August again, and my wife and I are back on our farm. We have a medium-sized operation in east-central Iowa that produces soybeans, alfalfa, and corn, and that also supports an Angus cow-calf herd. These summers are supposed to be quiet, relaxing times away from the bustle of Stanford University. However, the days here seem anything but tranquil.  Two years ago my almanac report dealt with one of the worst droughts in Iowa’s history; last year the focus was on flooding and the wettest planting season on record.  I suppose it is only fair that wind should be the main topic this year.

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New farming practices can increase yields and lower pollution in China

News / September 7, 2014

Farming practices in China could be designed to simultaneously improve yields and reduce environmental damages substantially, according to a new study by Stanford biology professor Peter Vitousek and a team of his colleagues at China Agricultural University.

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Calculating the risk of slowing crop yields

News / July 9, 2014
New research from FSE associate director David Lobell shows that the chance of a global slowdown in agricultural yield growth in the next 20 years is significantly higher due to global warming.
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New book offers insights into global food policy

News / July 7, 2014
A new book edited by FSE director Roz Naylor and deputy director Walter Falcon brings together 21 of the leading global experts on food security and food policy.
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Weighing the value and risks of climate engineering

News / July 3, 2014
FSE's Roz Naylor and Eric Lambin contributed to a new paper on the risks and rewards of climate engineering in the journal Nature Climate Change.
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Stanford students win global food security fellowships

News / June 30, 2014
One Ph.D. candidate and two undergraduates from Stanford have won competitive fellowships to study global food security issues.
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Symposium brings top fisheries experts to Beijing

News / May 30, 2014
From May 13-15, 2014, FSE director Roz Naylor convened a meeting of leading global experts in fisheries, aquaculture and ocean science, to share research on how China's fish industry can meet the country's growing food security needs.
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Tackling Malnutrition Among China's Rural Babies

News / May 29, 2014
FSI's Rural Education Action Program finds that half of rural babies in China are anemic, and many have cognitive and motor skill delays. A nutritional intervention program cut anemia rates substantially.
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FSE Director is keynote speaker at Food Systems Summit

News / May 28, 2014
FSE Director Roz Naylor gave a keynote address at The University of Vermont's Food Systems Summit held in Burlington, VT on June 17-18. Naylor discussed her forthcoming edited volume on global food security.
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European farmers face uncertainty in adapting to climate change

News / May 19, 2014
New research from Stanford scientists shows that farmers in Europe will see crop yields affected as global temperatures rise, but that adaptation can help slow the decline for some crops.
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Has the Food Price Bubble Burst?

News / May 5, 2014
Has the food price bubble burst and if so, does it matter? FSE launches its new three-year Food and Nutrition Policy Symposium with a look at global food prices.
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U.S. corn yields growing more vulnerable to heat and drought

News / May 1, 2014
U.S. corn yields are growing more sensitive to heat and drought, according to research by environmental scientist David Lobell. Farmers are faced with difficult tradeoffs in adapting to a changing climate in which unfavorable weather will become more common.
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The Making of a Climate Report

News / April 1, 2014
FSE's David Lobell and Chris Field help build scientific consensus on climate change in the newest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report emphasizes the deep impacts climate change will have on global crop yields and food security.
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Crop yields likely to fall with rising temperatures

News / March 17, 2014
FSE’s David Lobell finds that an increase of more than two degrees Celsius in average global temperature is likely to cause yields of wheat, rice and maize to fall throughout the 21st century. Early adaptation could increase projected yields by up to 15 percent.
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Eyeglasses Boost Test Scores in Rural China

News / March 11, 2014
Test scores jump following a massive effort by FSI's Rural Education Action Program to screen the vision of 20,000 children in rural China. REAP scholars partnered with Chinese ophthalmologists and scores of graduate students to orchestrate the massive project, the first to examine vision problems in rural China.
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At Stanford, IMF chief discusses promise, risk of global economy

News / February 25, 2014
Christine Lagarde says she is optimistic that the world’s economic leaders are committed to taking the steps that will guard against another large-scale financial collapse. But she’s worried that unless more sustainable jobs are created, economic disparities will increase.
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Climate Change Threatens Food Security, Warns FSE Director

News / December 13, 2013
Director Roz Naylor spoke to the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting, attended by Governor Jerry Brown, on how climate change affects crop yields and food prices.
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Child health in Kenya improves with access to clean water

News / December 13, 2013

Children in rural Kenya are more susceptible to disease and death the farther away they live from clean drinking water, according to Stanford researchers.

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Big year for FSI's David Lobell

News / September 25, 2013
David Lobell was one of 24 MacArthur Fellows, for his research on the impact of climate change on crop production and food security. He was also named to Foreign Policy's list of 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013.
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GMOs could have a role in preventing hunger, says FSE director Roz Naylor

News / September 10, 2013
Consumers are wary of GMO crops, but FSE Director Rosamond Naylor says they may help fight hunger in the world's poorest places. She's part of a debate about genetically engineered food in Boston Review.
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Stanford scholars find varying quality of education in BRICs

News / August 20, 2013
In an effort to create world-class university systems, Brazil, Russia, India and China are funneling resources to higher education institutions. FSI affiliates Martin Carnoy and Prashant Loyalka look at the effects of such an expansion and whether these grads can compete in the global knowledge economy.
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