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.

Recent Events

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Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Palm Oil Production – Research in Progress

September 27, 2016

The Global Development and Poverty Initiative Seminar Series kicks off the 2016 school year with a presentation of one of its most exciting and timely capacity-building projects, "Poverty...

Film Screening: "Seeds of Time" with Dr. Cary Fowler

April 20, 2016

Join us for a free screening of "Seeds of Time: One man's journey to save the future of our food"  from Academy Award nominated director Sandy McLeod.Synposis:A perfect storm is brewing as...

Achieving food security and nutrition for the furthest behind in an era of conflict and climate change

November 20, 2015

Ertharin Cousin began her tenure as the twelfth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on 5 April 2012.Cousin brings more than twenty-five years of national and...

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?

The United States and Global Food Security: A View From Rome

April 29, 2015

Ambassador David Lane was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as the U.S. Representative to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture and confirmed by the U.S.

Connecting the Dots 2015: The Food, Energy, Water and Climate Nexus

April 17, 2015

For more information and to register, visit tomkat.stanford.edu/ctd.Each year Stanford experts from a range of disciplines meet to discuss the interconnections and interactions among humanity's...

Earth Matters: Feeding the World in the 21st Century

October 2, 2014

Meeting the world’s need for food in the 21st century presents unprecedented challenges and opportunities.

Fisheries and Food Security in China - 2014 Symposium

May 13, 2014

From May 13-15, the Center on Food Security and the Environment and the Lenfest Ocean Program welcomed leading Chinese and international scientists to the Stanford Center at Peking University in...

Has the Food Price Bubble Burst?

April 29, 2014

A reception in the lobby of Encina Hall will follow the event. Bursting the Bubble: A Long Run Perspective What are the long run drivers of global food prices?

E-IPER Dissertation Defense: Rachael Garrett

June 5, 2013

Interactions between global supply chains, land use, and governance: the case of soybean production in South America Rapid growth in global soybean demand has had a profound impact on land cover in...

Water and agriculture in a changing Africa: What might be done?

May 23, 2013

Effective water management is one key element of agricultural innovation and growth.

Connecting the Dots 2013: The Energy, Food, Water, and Climate Nexus

April 19, 2013

Stanford experts from a range of disciplines will discuss the interconnections and interactions among humanity’s need for and use of energy, food, water, and environmental resources.

China and Africa: Are there Lessons for Development?

April 17, 2013

The lost decades for China in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s look remarkably like the lost decades of Africa in the 1980s and 1990s.

What works for climate adaptation? Testing and targeting strategies in crop development

April 10, 2013

This talk is part of Stanford's Environmental Earth System Science seminar series.

Africa's Food Systems in 2030

February 5, 2013

Paul Collier will talk about how to manage the difference between helpful and damaging commercialisation, and puts forth three arguments.

Teaming Up to Learn How to Overcome Anemia: Nutritional Education and Mobile Messaging Design for Household Engagement

January 25, 2013

This study seeks to understand whether developing an innovative curriculum kit that will supplement health instruction for 3rd to 6th grade students and teachers in underdeveloped areas of rural...

How can trade improve food security in sub-Saharan Africa?

January 23, 2013

For decades, earnings from farming in many developing countries, including in sub-Saharan Africa, have been depressed by a pro-urban bias in own-country policies, as well as by governments of...

Linkages between food systems and human health in Africa

October 11, 2012

Pinstrup-Andersen, H.E. Babcock Professor of Food, Nutrition and Public Policy and J.

Moving Mountains Symposium

May 25, 2012

During a daylong symposium speakers that range from scientists to authors and activists will touch on subjects like water tables, food security, women's education, immigration, and human longevity...

Structural Change and the Future of Indian Agriculture

May 10, 2012

Binswanger-Mkhize's talk will look at past and likely future agricultural growth and rural poverty reduction in the context of the overall economy of India, in which growth has accelerated sharply...

Biofuels: The changing nature of agricultural demand

April 11, 2012

Policies promoting ethanol and biodiesel production and use in the U.S., Europe, and other parts of the world since the mid-2000s have had profound—and largely unintended—consequences on global...

Information, Counseling or Conditional Cash Transfers: How Can China Increase Matriculation into High School in Poor Rural Areas?

April 5, 2012

China’s future economic growth is dependent on skilled and educated workers.

12th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Environment & Security

January 18, 2012

FSE director Roz Naylor will be a plenary speaker at the National Council for Science and Education's 12th National Conference on Science, Policy, and the Environment: Environment & Security.

Emerging Land Issues in African Agriculture: Toward the identification of appropriate rural development strategies

January 12, 2012

Thom Jayne, Professor of International Development from Michigan State University will answer the following questions: What are the trends in land access?

People

Marshall Burke Center Fellow Assistant Professor, Earth System Science
David Lobell Senior Fellow Professor, Earth System Science, William Wrigley Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Prashant Loyalka Center Fellow
Ling Cao Research scholar
Zhenong Jin Postdoctoral scholar, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford Department of Earth System Science
Sam Heft-Neal Research scholar, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford Department of Earth System Science Research scholar, Center on Food Security and the Environment
Esha Zaveri Postdoctoral scholar, Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford Department of Earth System Science
Anthony Louis D'Agostino Postdoctoral scholar,Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford Department of Earth System Science
Katrina ole-MoiYoi PhD student, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
Johan Swinnen Affiliate
Barry Riley Visiting Scholar
Rodrigo Pizarro Visiting Scholar