FSI scholars produce research aimed at creating a safer world and examing the consequences of security policies on institutions and society. They look at longstanding issues including nuclear nonproliferation and the conflicts between countries like North and South Korea. But their research also examines new and emerging areas that transcend traditional borders – the drug war in Mexico and expanding terrorism networks. FSI researchers look at the changing methods of warfare with a focus on biosecurity and nuclear risk. They tackle cybersecurity with an eye toward privacy concerns and explore the implications of new actors like hackers.

Along with the changing face of conflict, terrorism and crime, FSI researchers study food security. They tackle the global problems of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation by generating knowledge and policy-relevant solutions. 

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Food security experts review mixed outcomes of the Green Revolution

October 2011

Productivity gains of the mid-20th century had far-reaching impacts, say food policy and technology experts Prabhu Pingali and Philip Pardey, but they didn’t fix all the problems of that era – or...

U.S. ethanol policy major contributor to global food price volatility

October 2011

U.S. ethanol policy may be the single most significant contributor to world food price instability, states a Stanford study on the global costs of American ethanol.

Roz Naylor talks food security and energy with Near Zero

October 2011

FSE director Roz Naylor sits down with Near Zero and covers a number of energy and food security issues related to biofuels, land use, food prices and climate change.

FSE launched as a center

September 2011

Coit D. Blacker announces the launch of Food Security and the Environment (FSE) as a full-scale research center effective as of September 1, 2011.

Farmer networks key to agricultural innovation in developing countries

June 2011

New technologies can improve agricultural sustainability in developing countries, but only with the engagement of local farmers and the networks they depend on, Stanford researchers say in a recent...

Breaking the persistent cycles of ultra-poverty in rural Africa

May 2011

Cornell University's Christopher Barrett, an expert in poverty and international development, addressed the economics of poverty and agriculture in rural Africa.

FSE researchers examine the interactions between food-energy-water-climate

April 2011

Stanford experts celebrated Earth Day with an interactive and provocative afternoon of panels and discussions focused on humanity's needs for and use of food, energy, water, and environment....

Sweetening biofuel production

April 2011

Fields of sugarcane lower the air temperature compared with fields of soybeans, maize or pasture, according to a study involving Stanford researchers.

Dilution no automatic solution for coastal fish farm waste

April 2011

Aquaculture is a booming industry, but that means effluent from fish farms will be booming, too.

Lecture to focus on agricultural economics in Africa

April 2011

Agriculture in Africa has grown steadily for the past 15 years.

Gates Foundation's Jeff Raikes and Cargill's Greg Page on improving global food security

March 2011

February 10th marked the launch of FSE’s Global Food Policy and Food Security Symposium series.

Untapped data from Africa predicts corn peril if temperatures rise

March 2011

A team led by FSE fellow David Lobell has found a valuable, untapped resource in historical data from crop yield trials conducted across sub-Saharan Africa.

Scientists identify new implications of perennial bioenergy crops

February 2011

Research shows a conversion from annual to perennial bioenergy crops has broader implications beyond just the impacts on carbon.

Food's Footprint: Agriculture and Climate Change

February 2011

"Food's Footprint: Agriculture and Climate Change" presentation by Jennifer Burney, a President's Postdoctoral Fellow at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego...

Climate Central interviews David Lobell on climate change and global food production

January 2011

FSE Fellow David Lobell answers questions on how agriculture will be affected by the climate changes projected to occur over the next century.

Stanford researchers come together to discuss the environment and security

January 2011

What is the relationship between security and the environment?

Food price volatility and the world's poor

January 2011

In a paper released December 20 in Population and Development Review, FSE director Rosamond Naylor and deputy director Walter Falcon provide insight into the causes and consequences of volatile...

FSE's Lori McVay to recieve Marsh O'Neill Award for outstanding contributions to Stanford's research mission

November 2010

Lori McVay, associate director for finance and administration at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies' Program on Food Security and the Environment (FSE), is one of two recipients...

FSE director Roz Naylor lectures on daunting challenges for food security and the environment as part of MSU's Sustainable Michigan Endowed Program Academy

October 2010

Naylor discussed the multiple challenges for achieving food security in this century‐‐ranging from economic volatility to climate change‐‐and highlighted ways in which the boundaries of analysis...

FSE study finds most new farmland comes from cutting tropical forest

September 2010

A new study led by FSE post-doctoral scholar Holly Gibbs shows that more than 80 percent of the new farmland created in the tropics between 1980 and 2000 came from felling forests, which sends...