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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 »



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.




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 »



February 25th, 2013

Stanford scientists help shed light on key component of China's pollution problem

FSE, FSI Stanford News

A new study co-authored by FSE affiliated faculty Peter Vitousek reveals, among other findings, that amounts of nitrogen deposited on land and water in China by way of rain, dust and other carriers increased by 60 percent annually from the 1980s to the 2000s, with profound consequences for the country’s people and ecosystems. Read more »



May 12th, 2012

An optimistic Indian future depends on a strong rural economy

FSE, FSI Stanford News

Despite accelerating economic growth in India over the last thirty years, India’s structural transformation remains stunted, said economist Hans Binswanger-Mkhize at a May 10 FSE symposium on global food policy and food security. Improving rural incomes and supporting agricultural growth is essential to decreasing poverty and unemployment in India now and in the future. Read more »



April 23rd, 2012

Small-scale irrigation investments needed in sub-Saharan Africa

FSE, FSI Stanford News

95 percent of farms in sub-Saharan Africa are rainfed and rely on water from a short, 4-5 month rainy season. These conditions exist despite the fact that Africa has water, and that poor water access and distribution are closely connected to high rates of malnutrition and poverty. New investment strategies focused on small-scale irrigation systems are needed to curtail sub-Saharan Africa’s water and food security crisis. Read more »



March 28th, 2012

Bridging China's education gap with technology, research and policy

FSE, FSI Stanford, REAP News

FSI's Scott Rozelle says 80 percent of urban Chinese students have Internet access, compared to 2 percent of their rural peers. That gap threatens to leave too many children behind and jeopardizes China’s economic future. Read more »




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