Environment

Environment

FSI scholars approach their research on the environment from regulatory, economic and societal angles. The Center on Food Security and the Environment weighs the connection between climate change and agriculture; the impact of biofuel expansion on land and food supply; how to increase crop yields without expanding agricultural lands; and the trends in aquaculture. FSE’s research spans the globe – from the potential of smallholder irrigation to reduce hunger and improve development in sub-Saharan Africa to the devastation of drought on Iowa farms. David Lobell, a senior fellow at FSI and a recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, has looked at the impacts of increasing wheat and corn crops in Africa, South Asia, Mexico and the United States; and has studied the effects of extreme heat on the world’s staple crops.

Recent Events

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Climate change and agricultural adaptation

December 8, 2011

What should food policy experts understand about future climate and how it will affect food security? What don't we know?

Measurements needed to better understand global agriculture's response to climate change

December 5, 2011

David Lobell to present at AGU's Fall conference.

Food Security is a Global Challenge

November 10, 2011

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan delivers a keynote address on food security and climate change during FSI's global underdevelopment conference on Nov. 10, 2011.

Food Security, Food Prices, and Climate Change

October 21, 2011

David Lobell leads a 'Classes Without Quizzes' talk as part of Stanford Homecoming.

World Food and Agriculture Problems

October 17, 2011

David Lobell is a guest speaker for SLAC's fall colloquium series. All colloquium events are open to the public. SLAC Colloquium details.

African Agricultural R&D and Productivity Growth in a Global Setting

October 6, 2011

Trends in productivity and investments in technology. Survey of constraints to productivity, incentives and investment, and opportunities to raise productivity.

Climate Variability, Rice Production, and Food Policy in Indonesia

June 16, 2011

Roz Naylor will be lecturing on climate variability, rice production, and food policy in Indonesia as part of Brown University's conference on Climate Change and its Impacts.

Aspen Environment Forum

May 30, 2011

FSE director Roz Naylor discussant in three panels at the 2011 Aspen Environment Forum, a conference sponsored by the Aspen Institute and National Geographic.

Managing Food Price Volatility: Approaches at the Global, National and Household Levels

May 26, 2011

What does price instability have to do with food security? Price spikes hurt poor consumers, price collapses hurt farmers, and price risks reduce investment.

Assisting the Escape from Persistent Ultra-Poverty in Rural Africa

April 27, 2011

Christopher Barrett reviews the evidence on persistent poverty with a focus on rural Africa.

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

April 22, 2011

Conference presentations and tutorials now available Conference website Stanford experts from a range of disciplines discuss the interconnections and interactions among humanity's needs for and use...

Why Has Africa Been Slow in Developing its Agriculture?

April 7, 2011

This talk will focus on the investment and policy strategies needed for a dynamic agricultural sector, and how conditions in Africa differ from those in Asia.

Woods Institute Food Security Salon

March 15, 2011

Food security links health, development, national security and the environment in unique and important ways.

China’s Seafood Marketplace—Our Common Future (Aquaculture and Feed Use in China)

January 31, 2011

Roz Naylor will present a seminar on "China's Seafood Marketplace--Our Common Future (Aquaculture and Feed Use in China" as part of the 2011 Seafood Summit.

The Stanford Food Summit

November 3, 2010

An unprecedented gathering of Stanford experts on food-related issues from across all of the University’s seven schools provided a catalyst for generating solutions to some of the nation’s and the...

Towards Food Security in a Warmer World: Understanding Crop Responses to Climate

October 7, 2010

FSE Fellow David Lobell presented his work on climate impacts on crop production at the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, UC Santa Barbara, CA.

Adapting Agriculture to Climate Change: The Role of Crop Wild Relatives

September 6, 2010

This meeting is the third in a series of consultations between agricultural scientists (in particular those interested in the conservation and use of crop diversity in plant improvement) and...

Stanford Law & Policy Review Food Policy Symposium

April 23, 2010

One-day symposium with two panels discussions on Environmental and Market Regulation issues as they relate to Food Policy.

Modeling the Effects of Climate Change on Maize Pests and Pathogens and Food Security in East Africa

April 22, 2010

The main goal of this meeting is to develop an interdisciplinary research proposal to be submitted later this year to NSF or USDA.

Climate and Agriculture in the Context of Copenhagen

November 21, 2009

Gerald Nelson, Senior Research Fellow at IFPRI will be giving a talk on Climate and Agriculture in the Context of Copenhagen. Nelson received his PhD from Stanford University in 1982.

Climate Extremes and Crop Adaptation

June 28, 2009

In June 2009, a group of experts in climate science, crop modeling, and crop development gathered at Stanford University to discuss the major needs for successful crop adaptation to climate change....

Aquaculture Feeds: Future Demand and Pathways Toward Sustainable Feed Inputs

October 4, 2007

Most reduction fisheries that produce fishmeal and fish oil have already reached or exceeded sustainable catch levels and will be placed under further pressure as the aquaculture industry grows.

Conservation of Crop Genetic Resources in the Face of Climate Change

September 3, 2007

Conference report Agriculture is the human enterprise most dependent on climate and natural resources, and is thus the sector that has the most to gain or lose from short- or long-run changes in...

People

Ling Cao Affiliated scholar
Jennifer Burney Affiliated scholar
Barry Riley Visiting Scholar
George Azzari Affiliated scholar
Vincent Tanutama Research Data Analyst, Center on Food Security and the Environment
Lori McVay FSE Associate Director for Finance and Administration
Anne Driscoll Research Data Analyst, Center on Food Security and the Environment
Xavier Gomez-Maqueo Research Staff
Karen Yang Finance and Operations Coordinator
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