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.

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Debating the future of food in Africa

February 2013

Africa owns 60% of the world’s uncultivated land suited for crop production, but accounts for 30% of the world’s malnourished and only 3% of global agricultural exports.

Breeding wheat for a warmer future

December 2012

Scientists are making progress in helping millions of wheat farmers adapt to hotter conditions, but the gains have been uneven, according to a new study co-authored by FSE researchers David Lobell...

Institutions and supply chains help shape Brazil’s soybean boom

November 2012

A new study out of Stanford University examines the role of institutions and supply chain conditions in Brazil’s booming soybean industry and the relationship between soy yields and planted area....

Charting a course to sustainable aquaculture

November 2012

Aquaculture is the fastest-growing animal food production sector and will soon supply more than half of the world's seafood. A recent study by FSE director Rosamond L.

Indian wheat yields gain but reaching limit

November 2012

Wheat is a staple crop throughout much of India, but in many areas it is commonly sown past the optimum yield window.

International climate action needed now, says top UN official

November 2012

UNDP Administrator Helen Clark visits Stanford to set the stage for international climate talks taking place in Doha, Quatar later this month.

FSE has a few more questions for the candidates

October 2012

As a follow up to the FSI piece on five foreign policy questions for Obama and Romney, FSE fellows ask a few additional food security related questions.

There is no food security without health and nutrition

October 2012

Expanding food production and even alleviating poverty does not guarantee food security, health and nutrition.

Five foreign policy questions for Obama and Romney

October 2012

With the third and final debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney set to focus on foreign policy, researchers from the Freeman Spogli Institute ask the questions they want answered and...

The elephant in the warming room: food & climate

October 2012

Food security expert David Lobell talks with Stanford's Generation Anthropocene about the wide range of problems our changing climate will have on agriculture and the prospects for creating a...

Sustainable agriculture and feeding 9 billion people - an interview with Pam Matson

September 2012

Pamela Matson, Dean of the School of Earth Sciences and FSE researcher, discusses agricultural research in the Yaqui Valley, Mexico and how it relates to the Green Revolution with Stanford's...

Jennifer Burney named National Geographic Explorer of the Week

September 2012

In a Q&A with National Geographic FSE fellow Jennifer Burney talks about her continued work on solar irrigation gardens in Benin, West Africa, and other insights into the spirited personality...

Climate change adaptation: Lessons from 2012

September 2012

The Chicago Council's Global Agricultural Development Initiative hosted a series of comments on the drought, including one from FSE Associate Director and environmental earth system scientist David...

FSE overview video: A brighter future through food security

July 2012

Leaders from Stanford University's Center on Food Security and the Environment discuss the Center's global and multifaceted approach to addressing issues of global hunger, poverty, climate change...

Authors, NGOs, and scientists to talk population

May 2012

Roz Naylor, director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment, will join authors, activists, and scientists for a daylong symposium on population at the Moving Mountains Symposium in...

Biofuels have mixed impacts on food security

April 2012

In the first decade of the 21st century, global production of ethanol and biodiesel increased nearly tenfold. If that trend continues, says Rosamond L.

Researchers call for policy, aid and innovation to help world’s poorest

April 2012

Bill Gates spoke to a Stanford audience about the importance of foreign aid and product innovation in the fight against chronic hunger, poverty and disease in the developing world.

Bridging China's education gap with technology, research and policy

March 2012

FSI's Scott Rozelle says 80 percent of urban Chinese students have Internet access, compared to 2 percent of their rural peers.

Stanford research center opens at Peking University

March 2012

The Stanford Center at Peking University “marks a new era of collaboration between two outstanding universities,” said Gary Locke, the U.S. ambassador to China.

Food security, climate change and climate variability focus of Stanford-led symposium at AAAS

February 2012

FSE director Roz Naylor leads symposium on the compound effects of climate change and climate variability on food security at the annual meeting of the 2012 American Association for the Advancement...

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Lori McVay FSE Associate Director for Finance and Administration
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