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Ertharin Cousin, Former US Ambassador and World Food Programme Director, Joins Stanford as Visiting Scholar

August 2017

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

What will climate change cost?

October 2015

When thousands of scientists, economists and policymakers meet in Paris this December to negotiate an international climate treaty, one question will dominate conversations: what is the climate...

Cuéllar looks back on leading FSI

December 2014

For 14 years, Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar has been a tireless Stanford professor who has strengthened the fabric of university’s interdisciplinary nature.

Expert says Obama's food aid reform has good ideas, bad chance for passage

April 2013

FSE visiting fellow and food aid expert Barry Riley comments on the importance of the President's new food aid reforms, chances of passage, and the US's current role in international food aid.

Scott Rozelle on How Agriculture Vitalized China's Economy

April 2013

Over the last thirty years, China’s rural income per capita has risen an astounding 20 times.

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.

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....

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.

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...

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.

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.

NCSE conference links environment and security, new strategies needed

January 2012

FSE director Roz Naylor participated in the lead plenary session integrating climate, energy, food, water, and health at the 12th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment.

Fighting hunger in Africa with new methods of irrigation

December 2011

Stanford scientists are calling for investments in small-scale irrigation projects and hydrologic mapping in sub-Saharan Africa to help buffer growers from erratic weather and poor crop yields that...

Stanford-Cargill partnership strengthens to address food security issues

November 2011

Stanford’s Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) has received a $2 million grant from Cargill, a second gift from the company that raises its total contribution to FSE to $5 million...

Global Food Security: An uphill battle that must be won

November 2011

Stanford Law graduate student Sam Sasan Shoamanesh op-ed piece on the inspiring keynote speech delivered this past Thursday by Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations.

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.

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.

New FSE publication examines the impacts, costs, and opportunities for sustainable agriculture in Brazil

December 2010

In this paper, FSE visiting fellow Luiz Martinelli, along with FSE director Rosamond Naylor, Peter Vitousek, and Paulo Moutinho, contrasts the country's agricultural system with its oppressive...

FSE welcomes Cargill visiting fellow Awudu Abdulai to Stanford University

October 2010

Abdulai, originally from Ghana and chair of food economics at the University of Kiel, Germany, will be our Cargill visiting scholar from October 2010-March 2011.

FSE releases new book on climate change and food security

January 2010

FSE Center Fellow David Lobell and research associate Marshall Burke released a new book, Climate Change and Food Security, this week out of Springer publishing house.

Meeting addresses need for adapting crops to new climate conditions

August 2009

A recent 3 day meeting of international climate and crop experts at Stanford University focused on ways to adapt agriculture to a warmer world.

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