Sustainable development

Scholarly Publications

Solar-powered Drip Irrigation Enhances Food Security in the Sudano-Sahel

January 2010

Meeting the food needs of Africa's growing population over the next half-century will require technologies that significantly improve rural livelihoods at minimal environmental cost.

Agricultural Sustainability and Intensive Production Practices

August 2002

A doubling in global food demand projected for the next 50 years poses huge challenges for the sustainability both of food production and of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and the services they...

Business Strategies for Conservation on Private Lands: Koa Forestry as a Case Study

June 2006

Innovative financial instruments are being created to reward conservation on private, working lands.

Other Publications

Convergence of Energy and Agriculture: Implications for Research and Policy

November 2006

Access to an adequate energy supply at reasonable cost is crucial for sustained economic growth.

Climate Change and China's Agricultural Sector: Impacts, Adaptation, and Mitigation

May 2010

Although China and the United States are the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, China’s emissions on a per capita basis are significantly lower than those of the U.S.: in 2005, per capita...

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...

News

Gates Foundation gives $3.8 Million to Stanford University for biofuels, food security research

December 2007

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Agricultural Development Program has awarded Stanford University's Program on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) and a team of collaborators $3.8...

Climate change and China's agricultural sector

August 2010

A new issue brief by Scott Rozelle and fellow researchers Jinxia Wang and Jikun Huang concludes that climate change will have a significant effect on China's crop yields and impact its economy,...

A 'call to arms' for a transition to sustainability

November 2012

FSE affiliated faculty member Pamela Matson was the keynote speaker at the Senator George J. Mitchell Center at the University of Maine.

Events

Global Transfer of Virtual Water and Nutrients Related to Industrialized Animal Production Systems

March 8, 2005

The global trade in grain and meat between nations is extensive and is projected to grow considerably in the short term.

Assisting the Escape from Persistent Ultra-Poverty in Rural Africa

April 27, 2011

Christopher Barrett reviews the evidence on persistent poverty with a focus on rural Africa.

Doomsday Vaults, Genebanks and Plant Breeding in the Age of Climate Change

May 6, 2015

Read a full event summary here. Agricultural crops are on the front lines of climate change. Can we expect increased food production in the context of global warming?

Projects

Integrated Studies of Sustainability: Land-Water systems of the Yaqui Basin

The Yaqui Valley, in Sonora, Mexico is a region of rapid demographic, economic, and ecological change in both upland and coastal areas.
English

Farming Finfish in Coastal Ecosystems and the Open Ocean: Assessing Options for Sustainability

If aquaculture is to play a responsible role in the future of seafood here at home, we must ensure that the "blue revolution" in ocean fish farming does not cause harm to the oceans and the marine...
English

An Alternative Development Model: Assessing solar electrification for income generation in rural Benin

Within one year of the project, pilot households saw a $0.69 per capita daily increase in standard of living.
English

Multimedia

Can Sustainable Intensification Feed the World?

February 2015

Professor Sir Gordon Conway visited Stanford University on February 10, 2015 to discuss the importance of sustainable intensification of agriculture to feed the world in the face of obstacles such as population growth, shifting diets, land and...

Benin solar market gardens: video gallery

March 2012

This video gallery features the success story of a women's farming group in Nothern Benin who through the adoption of solar-powered irrigation pumps increased household income and nutritional intake in just one year.

Highlights: Craig McIntosh on Technology Adoption in African Agriculture

December 2015

Yields of cereal crops have more than doubled globally since 1960, yet agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa has remained stagnant. Why has the Green Revolution passed Africa by?

People

Rosamond L. Naylor Senior Fellow William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Professor, by courtesy, Economics, Senior Fellow and Founding Director, Center on Food Security and the Environment
Pamela Matson Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, FSE Affiliated Faculty Professor, Earth Sciences, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute
Steven Gorelick Cyrus F. Tolman Professor and Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Ertharin Cousin Payne Distinguished Lecturer, FSI Distinguished Fellow, FSE, Distinguished Fellow, CDDRL
Quentin Grafton Affiliated scholar
Rodrigo Pizarro Visiting Scholar
Pamela Ronald Affiliated scholar
Stefania Di Tomasso Research Assistant Research Assistant
Matt Higgins Research Staff