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.

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Three new center directors look to the future at FSI

October 2018

FSI's three new center directors, Anna Grzymala-Busse, Colin Kahl, and David Lobell, outline their vision.

David Lobell and Marshall Burke Talk Food Security, Human Health and the Importance of Mitigation

September 2018

When it comes to food security, health and poverty, the impacts of climate change already are evident.

Saving the world’s food and water supplies with Ertharin Cousin

August 2018

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University is pleased to announce that former U.S.

Stanford researchers find warming temperatures could increase suicide rates across the U.S. and Mexico

July 2018

Suicide rates are likely to rise as the earth warms, according to new research published July 23 in Nature Climate Change. The study, led by Stanford economist Marshall Burke, finds that projected...

How More Carbon Dioxide In The Air Could Lead To More Human Disease

July 2018

The rising level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere means that crops are becoming less nutritious, and that change could lead to higher rates of malnutrition that predispose people to various...

David Lobell Named Gloria and Richard Kushel Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment

July 2018

The Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) is pleased to announce Professor David B.

Revolutionizing Food Security in Africa

November 2017

Food security experts from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) will gather at Stanford for meetings and a symposium on transforming food production on that continent. R.S.V.P by...

Notes From the Farm: Blue Skies and Dark Clouds

September 2017

September means that it is time again for my annual Iowa farm report, the sixth edition in this series.

India’s groundwater future is at stake

May 2017

Since the 1960s, India’s groundwater irrigation has increased dramatically, playing an important role in its economy and people’s lives — supporting livelihoods of over 26 crore farmers and...

USAID Releases 2016 Global Food Security Act Strategy

October 2016

"Right now, the world is closer than ever before to ending global hunger, undernutrition, and extreme poverty, but significant challenges and opportunities remain, including urbanization, gender...

What we need to know about the economics of climate change

April 2016

Scientists have made huge strides in understanding the physical and biological dimensions of climate change, from deciphering why climate has changed in the past to predicting how it might change...

Monitoring crops from space

November 2015

 As Earth's population grows toward a projected 9 billion by 2050 and climate change puts growing pressure on the world's agriculture, researchers are turning to technology to help safeguard the...

Roz Naylor gives opening talk at Global Food Security Conference

October 2015

FSE director Roz Naylor will give the opening plenary lecture at the 2nd International Conference on Global Food Security on October 12, 2015 at Cornell University.

New grant for palm oil research

June 2015

A research team led by FSE director Rosamond Naylor has won a $400,000 multi-year grant to study how to create sustainable palm oil supply chains that promote economic growth and environmental...

David Lobell named William Wrigley Senior Fellow

May 2015

FSE deputy director David Lobell has been named the William Wrigley Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI...

FSE director Roz Naylor to give Ned Ames Honorary Lecture

April 2015

FSE director Roz Naylor has been selected to deliver the 6th annual Ned Ames Honorary Lecture at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, NY on Friday, April 24.

Blowin' in the wind: Dispatches from the Iowa farm

September 2014

It is August again, and my wife and I are back on our farm.

GMOs could have a role in preventing hunger, says FSE director Roz Naylor

September 2013

Consumers are wary of GMO crops, but FSE Director Rosamond Naylor says they may help fight hunger in the world's poorest places.

Commentary on "Water and Agriculture in a Changing Africa"

July 2013

I was honored and humbled to be asked to serve as a discussant for this final leg of the Gates Symposium Series, and in particular to have the opportunity to share the discussion with John Briscoe....

Stuck in the mud: Stanford’s scholarly farmer on the soggy fortunes of Midwest growers

July 2013

FSE deputy director Walter Falcon shares field notes from his farm in Iowa a year after the region experienced its worst drought in decades.

Swinnen commentary on "How can trade improve food security in sub-Saharan Africa?"

July 2013

Johan Swinnen, Visiting Professor at Stanford's Center on Food Security and the Enviroment, comments on Kym Anderson's Global Food Policy and Food Security Symposium paper on "How can trade improve...

People

Pamela Matson Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies, Senior Fellow at the Woods Institute for the Environment, FSE Affiliated Faculty Professor, Earth Sciences, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute
Christopher Seifert PhD student, Earth System Science
Yi Zhao PhD student, Earth System Science
Elsa Ordway PhD candidate, Earth System Science
Wolfram Schlenker Visiting Scholar
Katrina ole-MoiYoi Affiliated scholar
Quentin Grafton Affiliated scholar
David S. Battisti Affiliated scholar
Dane Klinger Affiliated scholar
Rodrigo Pizarro Visiting Scholar
Johan Swinnen Affiliate