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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 »



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

A new approach to making climate treaties work, from research at Stanford and in Switzerland

FSI Stanford, The Europe Center in the news: Stanford Report on August 20, 2013

Institutions for international climate cooperation need to appeal to fairness and effectiveness to gain support, according to a new study co-authored by The Europe Center's Kenneth Scheve. Read more »



August 16th, 2013

Journal Article: "Mass Support for Global Climate Agreements Depends on Institutional Design", written by Michael Bechtel and Kenneth Scheve

The Europe Center, FSI Stanford News

Political Science professors Kenneth Scheve (Stanford) and Michael Bechtel's (University of Gallen) article on global climate agreements looks at how costs and distribution, participation, and enforcement affects the public support needed to sustain international efforts over the long run. 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 »




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