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April 8th, 2014

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

FSE, FSI Stanford News

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

FSE, FSI Stanford News

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 22nd, 2014

Michelle Obama promotes study abroad during speech at Stanford center in Beijing

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

Speaking at the Stanford Center at Peking University in Beijing on Saturday, Michelle Obama said study abroad allows students to realize that countries all have a stake in each other's success. Following her remarks, she held a conversation with students on the Stanford campus via a high-tech videoconference. +VIDEO+
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March 17th, 2014

Crop yields likely to fall with rising temperatures

FSE, FSI Stanford News

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

FSE, FSI Stanford, REAP News

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

FSE, FSI Stanford News

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

FSE, FSI Stanford News

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

FSE, FSI Stanford News

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

FSE, FSI Stanford, REAP News

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

FSE, FSI Stanford News

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

FSE, FSI Stanford News

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 »



June 14th, 2013

World's staple crops to see increasing exposure to extreme heat, say Stanford researchers

FSE, FSI Stanford News

Climate change is already affecting crop production around the world through rising temperatures, changes in rainfall patterns and increasing CO2 in the atmosphere. A new Stanford study published today in Environmental Research Letters examines extreme heat effects on crops during the flowering period and finds the world's staple crops are increasingly at risk. Read more »



June 6th, 2013

Seeds of Sustainability wins 2013 ESA Sustainability Science Award

FSE, FSI Stanford News

The Sustainability Science Award Subcommittee was unanimous in its recommendation that the Seeds of Sustainability team of authors (which included seven FSE affiliates) receive this year's award. The award recognizes a single scholarly contribution published in the last 5 years that represents the greatest contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability through the integration of ecological and social sciences. Read more »



May 31st, 2013

Stanford China expert supports China's purchase of Smithfield Foods

FSE, FSI Stanford in the news: Los Angeles Times on May 29, 2013

Chinese agricultural policy expert Scott Rozelle sees China's purchase of the world's largest pork producer, Smithfield Foods, as a sign of a maturing agriculture industry in China. Chinese companies want more control over food, and we're going to see a lot more deals like this, he said. The U.S. has for years struggled to attract foreign investment in agriculture. A big investment such as this will help protect American jobs and also introduce Chinese companies to better technology and food safety practices.




May 30th, 2013

Bringing a green and blue revolution to Africa

FSE, FSI Stanford News

Food and water security in sub-Saharan Africa remain a challenge despite the region’s abundance of arable land and untapped water resources. In FSE’s final global food policy and food security symposium, water expert John Briscoe delivered a personal assessment of the issues facing Africa and suggestions for the way forward. Read more »



May 23rd, 2013

Stanford scientists urge action on global climate change

FSE, FSI Stanford News

California Gov. Jerry Brown accepted a consensus statement signed by 520 scientists, including 48 from Stanford, that sounds the alarm on climate change and offers recommendations for solving global environmental challenges. Read more »



May 21st, 2013

Stanford research team influences Chinese health policy

FSE, FSI Stanford, REAP in the news

The Rural Education Action Program has a proven record of influencing policy decisions in China when it comes to improving children's health and nutrition. In interviews with NBC Bay Area, REAP co-director Scott Rozelle and members of his team talk about their work and the changes they've helped make. Read more »



May 17th, 2013

FSE Fulbright scholar leads climate adaptation workshops in Colombia

FSE, FSI Stanford News

Sharon Gourdji spent three months this winter down in Colombia at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) as a Fulbright Scholar studying climate impacts on bean production in Central America and adaptation options. During her stay she led a series of Decision and Policy Analysis workshops focused on climate data sources and crop statistical models.




May 16th, 2013

Water and agriculture in a changing Africa: What might be done?

FSE, FSI Stanford Announcement

Join us for our final Global Food Policy and Food Security symposium Thursday, May 23. John Briscoe, Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Environmental Engineering at Harvard University will lead a lecture on water and agriculture in a changing Africa. FSE fellow Jennifer Burney will provide commentary.




May 7th, 2013

How to Feed the World Without Deforesting the Planet

FSE, FSI Stanford News

Does feeding the world require decimating forests? Senior Fellow Eric Lambin (Earth Sciences) has a surprising answer with far-reaching implications for policymakers, businesses and consumers. Among the findings of a study Lambin co-authored: There is much less potentially available cropland globally than previously estimated, multiple uses compete for it, and its conversion results in significant social and ecological costs. Lambin and his co-authors point out that we don't need to clear more land, including forests, to plant hunger-alleviating crops. Read more »



April 30th, 2013

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

FSE, FSI Stanford Q&A

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. Read more »



April 24th, 2013

Stagnation to modernization: How agriculture vitalized China's economy

FSE, FSI Stanford, REAP News

Over the last thirty years, China’s rural income per capita has risen an astounding 20 times. Millions have been lifted out of poverty and have moved from the rural sector to China's thriving big cities. China expert Scott Rozelle credits this remarkable growth to the government's decision to put land in the hands of farmers, deregulate markets, and heavily invest in the agricultural sector. 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 Nature.com (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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