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July 22nd, 2014

Cuéllar tapped for California Supreme Court

FSI Stanford, CISAC, Shorenstein APARC, CDDRL, CHP/PCOR, FSE, The Europe Center News

FSI Director Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar was nominated by Gov. Jerry Brown to replace retiring Justice Marvin Baxter on the state's highest court. Read more »

July 15th, 2014

Stanford scholars cross disciplines to tackle global food security

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A team of 19 experts from across campus come together to explore the many facets of food security in a new book edited by FSE director Roz Naylor. Read more »

July 9th, 2014

Calculating the risk of slowing crop yields

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New research from FSE associate director David Lobell shows that the chance of a global slowdown in agricultural yield growth in the next 20 years is significantly higher due to global warming. Read more »

July 7th, 2014

New book offers insights into global food policy

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A new book edited by FSE director Roz Naylor and deputy director Walter Falcon brings together 21 of the leading global experts on food security and food policy. Read more »

July 3rd, 2014

Weighing the value and risks of climate engineering

FSE's Roz Naylor and Eric Lambin contributed to a new paper on the risks and rewards of climate engineering in the journal Nature Climate Change. Read more »

June 30th, 2014

Stanford students win global food security fellowships

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One Ph.D. candidate and two undergraduates from Stanford have won competitive fellowships to study global food security issues. Read more »

May 30th, 2014

Symposium brings top fisheries experts to Beijing

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From May 13-15, 2014, FSE director Roz Naylor convened a meeting of leading global experts in fisheries, aquaculture and ocean science, to share research on how China's fish industry can meet the country's growing food security needs. Read more »

May 29th, 2014

Tackling malnutrition among China's rural babies

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FSI's Rural Education Action Program finds that half of rural babies in China are anemic, and many have cognitive and motor skill delays. A nutritional intervention program cut anemia rates substantially. +VIDEO+
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May 28th, 2014

FSE Director is keynote speaker at Food Systems Summit

FSE Director Roz Naylor gave a keynote address at The University of Vermont's Food Systems Summit held in Burlington, VT on June 17-18. Naylor discussed her forthcoming edited volume on global food security. +VIDEO+
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May 19th, 2014

European farmers face uncertainty in adapting to climate change

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New research from Stanford scientists shows that farmers in Europe will see crop yields affected as global temperatures rise, but that adaptation can help slow the decline for some crops. Read more »

May 5th, 2014

Has the Food Price Bubble Burst?

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Has the food price bubble burst and if so, does it matter? FSE launches its new three-year Food and Nutrition Policy Symposium with a look at global food prices. +VIDEO+
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May 1st, 2014

U.S. corn yields growing more vulnerable to heat and drought

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U.S. corn yields are growing more sensitive to heat and drought, according to research by environmental scientist David Lobell. Farmers are faced with difficult tradeoffs in adapting to a changing climate in which unfavorable weather will become more common. +VIDEO+
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April 8th, 2014

Growing crops on photovoltaic solar farms is a 'win-win' situation

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A new model for solar farms that "colocates" crops and solar panels could result in the harvesting of valuable biofuel crops in addition to sunlight. Read more »

April 1st, 2014

The Making of a Climate Report

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FSE's David Lobell and Chris Field help build scientific consensus on climate change in the newest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The report emphasizes the deep impacts climate change will have on global crop yields and food security. Read more »

March 17th, 2014

Crop yields likely to fall with rising temperatures

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FSE’s David Lobell finds that an increase of more than two degrees Celsius in average global temperature is likely to cause yields of wheat, rice and maize to fall throughout the 21st century. Early adaptation could increase projected yields by up to 15 percent. Read more »

March 11th, 2014

Eyeglasses boost test scores in rural China

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Test scores jump following a massive effort by FSI's Rural Education Action Program to screen the vision of 20,000 children in rural China. REAP scholars partnered with Chinese ophthalmologists and scores of graduate students to orchestrate the massive project, the first to examine vision problems in rural China. Read more »

March 7th, 2014

FSI Implementation Lab puts focus on international policy in practice

FSI Stanford, Shorenstein APARC, CDDRL, CHP/PCOR, CISAC, FSE, The Europe Center, Governance Project, PESD, Program on Poverty and Governance, REAP, SPICE News

The International Policy Implementation Lab will bolster research, teaching and long-term engagement with urgent problems around the world. The lab, which is being supported in part with an initial $2 million gift from two anonymous donors, launches by supporting six projects led by Stanford faculty. Another round of funding will be available later this year. Read more »

February 25th, 2014

At Stanford, IMF chief discusses promise, risk of global economy

CISAC, CDDRL, FSE, FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR, The Europe Center, Shorenstein APARC News

Christine Lagarde says she is optimistic that the world’s economic leaders are committed to taking the steps that will guard against another large-scale financial collapse. But she’s worried that unless more sustainable jobs are created, economic disparities will increase. Read more »

December 13th, 2013

Child health in Kenya improves with access to clean water

Children in rural Kenya are more susceptible to disease and death the farther away they live from clean water, according to Stanford researchers. Read more »

Climate Change Threatens Food Security, Warns FSE Director

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Director Roz Naylor spoke to the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting, attended by Governor Jerry Brown, on how climate change affects crop yields and food prices. Read more »

September 25th, 2013

Big year for FSI's David Lobell

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David Lobell was one of 24 MacArthur Fellows, for his research on the impact of climate change on crop production and food security. He was also named to Foreign Policy's list of 100 Leading Global Thinkers of 2013. Read more »

September 10th, 2013

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

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Consumers are wary of GMO crops, but FSE Director Rosamond Naylor says they may help fight hunger in the world's poorest places. She's part of a debate about genetically engineered food in Boston Review. Read more »

August 20th, 2013

Stanford scholars find varying quality of education in BRICs

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In an effort to create world-class university systems, Brazil, Russia, India and China are funneling resources to higher education institutions. FSI affiliates Martin Carnoy and Prashant Loyalka look at the effects of such an expansion and whether these grads can compete in the global knowledge economy. Read more »

July 24th, 2013

Smallholder irrigation a development priority in sub-Saharan Africa

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FSE study finds smallholder irrigation in sub-Saharan Africa has great potential to reduce hunger, raise incomes, and improve development prospects. But investment is needed to better understand water resources and provide financial services to farmers. Read more »

July 16th, 2013

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

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FSE deputy director Walter Falcon shares field notes from his farm in Iowa a year after the region experienced its worst drought in decades. Now farmers are recovering from the wettest spring on record, eclipsing the 1892 record. "The riskiness of farming is something to see in real time; it is also very instructive to listen as farmers talk about coping with uncertainty," writes Falcon. Read more »

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Stanford researchers question whether biofuel is the answer to U.S. energy independence
David Lobell, who studies the interactions between food production, food security, and the environment at Stanford, pointed out, “one of the risks with biofuels is that alternatives don’t get explored ...”
Mention of David Lobell in Peninsula Press on May 14, 2012

FSI fellow addresses China education gap
While 80 percent of urban Chinese students have Internet access, only two percent of their rural counterparts have the same privileges. Rozelle argues that the vast gap could result in a “lost generation” of children from rural backgrounds denied the skills to work in a modern economy, derailing China’s rapid economic growth.
Mention of Scott Rozelle in The Stanford Daily on April 3, 2012

Kaitlin Shilling: Climate Conflict and Export Crops in Sub-Saharan Africa
In this short video interview, Stanford University’s Kaitlin Shilling talks about using agricultural and climate change sciences in a way to help policymakers better intervene to prevent climate-driven civil conflict.
Mention of Kaitlin Shilling in New Security Beat on February 23, 2012

Research shows climate change may shrink wheat crops
Professor David Lobell from Stanford University used nine years worth of satellite images to observe when Indian wheat crops turned brown, that is when they stopped growing. He looked at what happened when temperatures exceeded 34 degrees Celsius; ...
Mention of David Lobell in ABC Online on January 30, 2012

Wheat will age prematurely in a warmer world
David Lobell of Stanford University in California used nine years of images from the MODIS Earth-observation satellite to track when wheat in this region turned from green to brown, a sign that the grain is no longer growing.
Mention of David Lobell in New Scientist on January 29, 2012

Climate Change and the Trillion-Dollar Disruption
In 2008, Columbia Researcher Wolfram Schlenker and North Carolina State researcher Michael J. Roberts examined the impact of rising temperatures on yields of corn, soybeans, and cotton. They found that yields drift upwards as temperatures rise until ...
Mention of Wolfram Schlenker in Forbes on January 5, 2012

Mapping underground water sources for drip irrigation could change African village life, say Stanford researchers
Burney and her colleagues' work in two northern Benin villages is an example of successful investment in smallholder irrigation. They worked with women's cooperative agricultural groups to install and measure the economic and nutritional impacts of solar-powered drip-irrigated gardens on villages in West Africa's Sudano-Sahel region.
Mention of Jennifer Burney in Stanford University News on December 5, 2011

Better school lunches – in China
In a series of studies, economist Scott Rozelle’s research team found that nearly 40 percent of Chinese primary-school children suffered iron-deficiency anemia. After assessing Rozelle’s work, the Chinese government has pledged to make elementary and middle-school lunches more nutritious.
Mention of Scott Rozelle in Scope (blog) on November 23, 2011

Climate cycles drive civil war
A 2009 study 2 by economist Marshall Burke at the University of California, Berkeley, and his co-workers found that the probability of armed conflict in sub-Saharan Africa was about 50% higher than normal in some unusually warm years since 1981.
Mention of Marshall Burke in (subscription) on August 24, 2011

Stanford’s Scott Rozelle continues the fight against iron deficiency in rural China
Today's Stanford Report reports on economist Scott Rozelle, PhD's struggle to combat anemia, an iron-deficiency disorder that plagues impoverished rural regions in China where families are too poor to provide their children with iron-rich foods like ...
Mention of Scott Rozelle in Scope (blog) on June 16, 2011

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