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Stanford researchers offer practical tips to mitigate harm from wildfire smoke

July 2021

Warnings of another severe wildfire season abound, as do efforts to reduce the risk of ignition. Yet few are taking precautions against the smoke. Stanford experts advise on contending with hazardous...

Cleaner air has boosted U.S. corn and soybean yields, Stanford-led research shows

July 2021

The analysis estimates pollution reductions between 1999 and 2019 contributed to about 20 percent of the increase in corn and soybean yield gains during that period – an amount worth about $5 billion...

Stanford explainer: Social cost of carbon

June 2021

In a Q&A, Stanford economists discuss the importance of this number and its role in creating environmental policies.

Stanford economist and others assess aquaculture’s promise and peril

March 2021

Twenty years ago, a Stanford-led analysis sparked controversy by highlighting fish farming’s damage to ocean fisheries. Now a follow-up study takes stock of the industry’s progress and points to...

U.S. Corn Crop’s Growing Sensitivity to Drought

October 2020

New management approaches and technology have allowed the U.S. Corn Belt to increase yields despite some changes in climate. However, soil sensitivity to drought has increased significantly,...

How Extreme Heat Affects Learning

October 2020

Worsening climate change deepens educational inequities across the United States and around the world, study finds.

Exploring the sustainability of the Indian sugar industry

August 2020

Researchers analyzed the interconnected food, water and energy challenges that arise from the sugar industry in India – the second-largest producer of sugar worldwide – and how the political economy...

Air Pollution's Connection to Infant Mortality

June 2020

The study of sub-Saharan Africa finds that a relatively small increase in airborne particles significantly increases infant mortality rates. A cost-effective solution may lie in an exotic-sounding...

Stanford researchers harness satellite imagery and AI to help fight poverty in Africa

May 2020

A new tool combines publicly accessible satellite imagery with AI to track poverty across African villages over time.

COVID-19 Could Exacerbate Food Insecurity Around the World, Stanford Expert Warns

May 2020

COVID-19 and other looming threats could make it much harder for people to access food. David Lobell, director of Stanford’s Center on Food Security and the Environment, outlines likely scenarios and...

Marshall Burke Promoted to FSI Senior Fellow

May 2020

Burke’s research focuses on the social and economic impacts of environmental change, and on the economics of rural development in Africa.

The Political Economy of Water Delivery in India

April 2020

As part of a Center on Food Security and the Environment event, World Bank Country Director for India Junaid Ahmad discussed the political economy of water and managing service delivery in the...

Meeting Global Food Security Challenges with Innovation

April 2020

Agricultural and development economist Christopher B.

Researchers present their work at AGU 2019

December 2019

Each year, thousands of scientists from across the globe come together at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) annual fall meeting to share new findings and research on pressing topics facing our...

Reduced Soil Tilling Helps Both Soils and Yields, Stanford Researchers Find

December 2019

Agriculture degrades over 24 million acres of fertile soil every year, raising concerns about meeting the rising global demand for food.

When Food Insecurity Becomes a National Security Threat: A Conversation with David Beasley

October 2019

More than 820 million people around the world don’t have enough to eat and their hunger affects us all.

Microsatellite data can help double impact of agricultural interventions

October 2019

Data from microsatellites can be used to detect and double the impact of sustainable interventions in agriculture at large scales, according to a new study led by the University of Michigan.

Flood, Drought and Political Invasion: A Lament From Rural Iowa

September 2019

This posting, my eighth annual edition, comes again from our mid-sized corn, soybean, and cattle farm in Linn County, Iowa.  My wife and I may not be typical owners, but our farming operation is a...

How to Keep the Next Generation of Farmers in Business

July 2019

Not many people go into farming to get rich. Low commodity prices, high operational costs and limited profit opportunities cloud the outlook.

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Roz low res 9 11 cropped Rosamond L. Naylor Senior Fellow William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science, Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Senior Fellow and Founding Director, Center on Food Security and the Environment
Stedman Steve Stephen J. Stedman Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
scott rozelle new headshot Scott Rozelle Senior Fellow Helen F. Farnsworth Endowed Professorship, Co-director, SCCEI
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