Agriculture

Scholarly Publications

Two shifts for crop mapping: Leveraging aggregate crop statistics to improve satellite-based maps in new regions

Crop type mapping at the field level is critical for a variety of applications in agricultural monitoring, and satellite imagery is becoming an increasingly abundant and useful raw input from which...

Cleaner air has contributed one-fifth of US maize and soybean yield gains since 1999

Crop productivity is potentially affected by several air pollutants, although these are usually studied in isolation. A significant challenge to understanding the effects of multiple pollutants in...

Historical warming has increased U.S. crop insurance losses

Quantification of the sector-specific financial impacts of historical global warming represents a critical gap in climate change impacts assessment. The multiple decades of county-level data...

Other Publications

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...

Climate Change Impact on Agriculture: Implications for Food Security and Hunger

June 2015

David Lobell’s recent research indicates that negative impacts to the global agriculture system are much more likely, more severe and wider-ranging in the face of human-caused climate change....

News

Cleaner air has boosted U.S. corn and soybean yields, Stanford-led research shows

July 2021

The analysis estimates pollution reductions between 1999 and 2019 contributed to about 20 percent of the increase in corn and soybean yield gains during that period – an amount worth about $5 billion...

Exploring the sustainability of the Indian sugar industry

August 2020

Researchers analyzed the interconnected food, water and energy challenges that arise from the sugar industry in India – the second-largest producer of sugar worldwide – and how the political economy...

Events

Innovation Needed to Meet Global Food Security Challenges

January 30, 2020

Join us for a talk with agricultural and development economist Christopher B. Barrett, this quarter’s visiting scholar with the Center on Food Security and the Environment.

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...

Projects

Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Palm Oil Production

This project focuses on private and public sector strategies for promoting sustainable palm oil, with sustainability defined by environmental, social, and economic objectives.
English

Interdisciplinary Research on Introducing Heat-Tolerant Wheat to Bolster Food Security

The project is supported under the NSF Science, Engineering and Education for Sustainability Fellows (SEES Fellows) program, with the goal of helping to enable discoveries needed to inform actions...
English

Climate variability and global food security, with an eye on France

Extreme weather events and climate variability threaten crop production, food prices, food security, and human lives at local and global scales.
English

Multimedia

Clean air led to better crop yields, Stanford researchers find

July 2021

Reductions in air pollution led to significant increases in corn and soybean yields from 1999-2019, according to new Stanford research that uses satellite data to measure pollution at fine scales. Read more at woods.stanford.edu.

Researchers find corn yields becoming more sensitive to drought

October 2020

Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of droughts in many agricultural regions.

Innovation Needed to Meet Global Food Security Challenges

February 2020

Agricultural and development economist Christopher B.

People

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