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Sustainable development

Scholarly Publications

Oil palm expansion in Cameroon: Insights into sustainability opportunities and challenges in Africa

November 2017

Oil palm production expanded 1.2 million hectares in sub-Saharan Africa since 1990, with expansion accelerating in several heavily forested countries since 2000.

Increasing drought and diminishing benefits of elevated carbon dioxide for soybean yields across the US Midwest

November 2017

Elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations ([CO2]) are expected to increase C3 crop yield through the CO2 fertilization effect (CFE) by stimulating photosynthesis and by reducing stomatal conductance...

Using satellite data to identify the causes of and potential solutions for yield gaps in India's Wheat Belt

September 2017

Food security will be increasingly challenged by climate change, natural resource degradation, and population growth.

Other Publications

Data Science for Food Security

August 2017

Using agricultural and economic characteristics in African nations as test cases, new research by David Lobell and Marshall Burke demonstrates the use of satellite data to address the long-standing...

The Kenya Tea Development Authority (KTDA)

May 2015

The Kenya Tea Development Authority (KTDA) focuses on efforts to “Africanize” the Kenyan tea industry in the years following the country’s independence from the United Kingdom.

Climate Change and China's Agricultural Sector: Impacts, Adaptation, and Mitigation

May 2010

Although China and the United States are the two largest emitters of greenhouse gases, China’s emissions on a per capita basis are significantly lower than those of the U.S.: in 2005, per capita...

News

Revolutionizing Food Security in Africa

November 2017

Food security experts from the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) will gather at Stanford for meetings and a symposium on transforming food production on that continent. R.S.V.P by...

FSE in the Field: Casey Maue Oil Palm Research in Ghana

June 2017

Casey Maue, a PhD student in the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources alogn with Woods Institute Senior Fellow, Erica Plambeck, spent time this spring examining the oil...

India’s groundwater future is at stake

May 2017

Since the 1960s, India’s groundwater irrigation has increased dramatically, playing an important role in its economy and people’s lives — supporting livelihoods of over 26 crore farmers and...

Events

Projects

Using Large Marine Protected Areas to Recover Highly Productive Marine Ecosystems and the Services They Provide: The case of the Adriatic Sea

Fishing practices that use gear that is dragged on the seafloor, such as bottom trawling, destroy and degrade marine habitats on continental shelves, the most productive areas of the global ocean....
English

Marine Conservation Assessment in China

Marine ecosystems play a vital role in China’s socio-economic development and food security.
English

Poverty Alleviation through Sustainable Palm Oil Production

This project focuses on private and public sector strategies for promoting sustainable palm oil, with sustainability defined by environmental, social, and economic objectives.
English

Multimedia

Pamela Ronald, Tomorrow’s Table: Ecologically-based Farming, Plant Genetics and the Future of Food

January 2017

 Pamela Ronald is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis.

Interview: Pamela Ronald

January 2017

 Pamela Ronald is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and the Genome Center at the University of California, Davis.

Highlights: Craig McIntosh on Technology Adoption in African Agriculture

December 2015

Yields of cereal crops have more than doubled globally since 1960, yet agricultural productivity in sub-Saharan Africa has remained stagnant. Why has the Green Revolution passed Africa by?

People

David Lobell Senior Fellow Professor, Earth System Science, William Wrigley Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
Frank Wolak Senior Fellow Professor, Economics
Mark C. Thurber Associate Director for Research
Chris Bruegge PhD Candidate
Ertharin Cousin Payne Distinguished Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Visiting Fellow at the Center on Food Security and the Environment
Rodrigo Pizarro Visiting Scholar
Peng Wuyuan Affiliated Faculty
Matt Higgins Research Staff
Rylan Sekiguchi Manager of Curriculum and Instructional Design
Kathy Lung Operations Manager
Sadaf H. Minapara Program Manager