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 Scholarly Publications

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Oil palm expansion in Cameroon: Insights into sustainability opportunities and challenges in Africa

November 2017

Oil palm production expanded 1.2 million hectares in sub-Saharan Africa since 1990, with expansion accelerating in several heavily forested countries since 2000.

The Tropical Oil Crop Revolution: Food, Feed, Fuel, and Forests

November 2016

Over the last two decades global production of soybean and palm oil seeds have increased enormously.

Solar-Powered Drip Irrigation Impacts on Crops Production Diversity and Dietary Diversity in Northern Benin

March 2016

In 2007, "solar market gardens" were installed in 2 villages for women’s agricultural groups as a strategy for enhancing food and nutrition security.

Global non-linear effect of temperature on economic production

November 2015

Growing evidence demonstrates that climatic conditions can have a profound impact on the functioning of modern human societies, but effects on economic activity appear inconsistent.

Improving the monitoring of crop productivity using spaceborne solar-induced fluorescence

November 2015

Large-scale monitoring of crop growth and yield has important value for forecasting food production and prices and ensuring regional food security.

A Triple-Hurdle Model of Production and Market Participation in Kenya's Dairy Market

March 2015

The Evolving Sphere of Food Security

September 2014

The Evolving Sphere of Food Security seeks to answer two important questions: How do the priorities and challenges of achieving food security change over time as countries develop economically?

Getting caught with our plants down: the risks of a global crop yield slowdown from climate trends in the next two decades

July 2014

In many discussions of climate change impacts in agriculture, the large magnitudes of expected impacts toward the end of the century are used to emphasize that most of the risks are to future...

Frontiers in Food Policy: Perspectives on Sub-Saharan Africa

December 2013

Frontiers in Food Policy: Perspectives on sub-Saharan Africa is a compilation of research stemming from the Global Food Policy and Food Security Symposium Series, hosted by the Center on Food...

Feed and fishmeal use in the production of carp and tilapia in China

November 2013

China dominates the global aquaculture industry, most clearly with its massive production and consumption of low trophic-level carp species and its rapidly rising output and exports of tilapia....

The case for distributed irrigation as a development priority in sub-Saharan Africa

July 2013

Distributed irrigation systems are those in which the water access (via pump or human power), distribution (via furrow, watering can, sprinkler, drip lines, etc.), and use all occur at or near the...

Estimating the world's potentially available cropland using a bottom-up approach

June 2013

Previous estimates of the land area available for future cropland expansion relied on global-scale climate, soil and terrain data.

Water and Agriculture in Africa: The politics of the belly or the politics of the mirror?

May 2013

The water and agriculture glass in Africa is half-empty: Africa has failed to develop its massive water resources and failed to achieve agricultural growth.

The Role of Agriculture in China's Development: Performance, policy determinants of success, and lessons for Africa

April 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.

The use of satellite data for crop yield gap analysis

March 2013

Field experiments and simulation models are useful tools for understanding crop yield gaps, but scaling up these approaches to understand entire regions over time has remained a considerable...

Climate adaptation as mitigation: the case of agricultural investments

February 2013

Successful adaptation of agriculture to ongoing climate changes would help to maintain productivity growth and thereby reduce pressure to bring new lands into agriculture.

African food systems to 2030: Toward inclusive business models

February 2013

Rapid population growth, urbanization and rising incomes will present an unprecedented opportunity for growth of commercial agriculture and agribusiness in coming years.

How Can Trade Improve Food Security in Sub-Saharan Africa?

January 2013

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

Freshwater availability and water fetching distance affect child health in sub-Saharan Africa

December 2012

Currently, more than two-thirds of the population in Africa must leave their home to fetch water for drinking and domestic use.

An assessment of wheat yield sensitivity and breeding gains in hot environments

December 2012

Genetic improvements in heat tolerance of wheat provide a potential adaptation response to long-term warming trends, and may also boost yields in wheat-growing areas already subject to heat stress....

Discussant comments on “Food systems and human health and nutrition: An economic policy perspective with a focus on Africa”

October 2012

Eran Bendavid, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Stanford University provides commentary on nutrition and food policy expert Per Pinstrup-Andersen's presentation and paper on "Food systems and...

The nature and causes of the global water crisis: Syndromes from a meta-analysis of coupled human-water studies

October 2012

Freshwater scarcity has been cited as the major crisis of the 21st century, but it is surprisingly hard to describe the nature of the global water crisis.

Land institutions and supply chain configurations as determinants of soybean planted area and yields in Brazil

October 2012

Soybean production has become a significant force for economic development in Brazil.

Searching for Solutions in Aquaculture: Charting a sustainable course

October 2012

Aquaculture is currently the fastest growing animal food production sector and will soon supply more than half of the world’s seafood for human consumption.

People

Prashant Loyalka Center Fellow
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
Ling Cao Research scholar
Anthony Louis D'Agostino Postdoctoral scholar,Center on Food Security and the Environment, Stanford Department of Earth System Science
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
Katrina ole-MoiYoi PhD student, Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources
Jennifer Burney Visiting Fellow
Johan Swinnen Affiliate
Barry Riley Visiting Scholar