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International Development

International Development

FSI researchers consider international development from a variety of angles. They analyze ideas such as how public action and good governance are cornerstones of economic prosperity in Mexico and how investments in high school education will improve China’s economy.

They are looking at novel technological interventions to improve rural livelihoods, like the development implications of solar power-generated crop growing in Northern Benin.

FSI academics also assess which political processes yield better access to public services, particularly in developing countries. With a focus on health care, researchers have studied the political incentives to embrace UNICEF’s child survival efforts and how a well-run anti-alcohol policy in Russia affected mortality rates.

FSI’s work on international development also includes training the next generation of leaders through pre- and post-doctoral fellowships as well as the Draper Hills Summer Fellows Program.

Other Publications

FSE Brochure

February 2018

Download the Center on Food Security and the Environment brochure

Data Science for Food Security

August 2017

Using agricultural and economic characteristics in African nations as test cases, new research by David Lobell and Marshall Burke demonstrates the use of satellite data to address the long-standing...

The Global Economic Impacts of Climate Change

November 2015

This research brief is based on a paper from the journal Nature, published on-line on October 21, 2015, entitled “Global non-linear effect of temperature on economic production.” The paper, led by...


Feeding Africa and the World in the 21st Century

December 2017

Food security experts from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) gathered to discuss transforming food production in Africa at Stanford on Nov. 29.

Revolutionizing Food Security in Africa

November 2017

Food security experts from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) will gather at Stanford for meetings and a symposium on transforming food production on that continent. R.S.V.P by...

Notes From the Farm: Blue Skies and Dark Clouds

September 2017

September means that it is time again for my annual Iowa farm report, the sixth edition in this series.


Special Screening of Documentary Film 'FOOD EVOLUTION'

March 16, 2018

Please join us for a special screening of 'FOOD EVOLUTION' with a panel discussion where the film's director Scott Hamilton Kennedy and Stanford experts in the field of food security will discuss...


Global Food Security Symposium Series

The Global Food Security Symposium series brings leading experts in food security areas including agriculture, policy, development, and technology to Stanford to share new research in an integrated...

Rules and tools for the econometric analysis of geocoded data

The increasing availability of high resolution geocoded data on key outcomes (e.g. incomes) and potential drivers of these outcomes (e.g.

Remote sensing approaches to improving aid targeting and understanding aid effectiveness

This project aims to develop and test remote-sensing based approaches to gathering two typesof aid-relevant data: data on agricultural productivity and data on household assets, with a focus on Sub...


Insights from the Global Food and Water Nexus

March 2018

Quentin Grafton presented at the Global Food Security Symposium on March 7, where he discussed the current state of the food-water nexus, possible future scenarios, and evaluated some of the myths, realities, and possible solutions to promote both...

Interview with Quentin Grafton

March 2018

Quentin Grafton, Director of the Centre for Water Economics, Environment and Policy at the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, visited FSE to speak about "Insights from the Global Food and Water Nexus." He sat...

Ertharin Cousin, Tales from the War on Hunger

February 2018

 After the 2007 Global Food Crisis, President Barack Obama in his Inaugural Address committed to the world’s poor nations: “We pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed...


Christopher Seifert PhD student, Earth System Science
Elsa Ordway PhD candidate, Earth System Science
Tannis Thorlakson Ph.D. student, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
Yi Zhao PhD student, Earth System Science
Katrina ole-MoiYoi PhD student, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
Pamela Ronald Visiting Fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment Visiting Professor at the Center on Food Security and the Environment
Ertharin Cousin Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Visiting Fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment
Barry Riley Visiting Scholar
Johan Swinnen Affiliate
Dane Klinger Affiliated scholar
Wolfram Schlenker Visiting Scholar