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About one billion people go to bed hungry most nights.
Stanford Woods Institute researchers are addressing the challenges of feeding the world’s hungry without depleting the planet’s natural resources. They are designing new strategies for solving global hunger and environmental degradation while providing policy advice on issues relating to agricultural technology and development, food security, and environment and climate linkages to agriculture. This work links research on health, development, the environment and national security in unique ways to ensure consistent and sufficient availability of safe and nutritious foods, access to food through poverty alleviation and household income growth and the ability of individuals to utilize food effectively within the context of their physical health, water supplies and sanitation.
Research Centers and Programs
A joint effort with the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, the Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) addresses the challenges of feeding the world's growing population without depleting the planet’s natural resources.
The Natural Capital Project melds world-class research on environmental economics with influential conservation programs. The center’s Integrated Valuation of Environmental Services and Tradeoffs (InVEST) software suite enables decision-makers to quantify nature’s values, assess tradeoffs associated with alternative land- and water-use choices and integrate conservation and human development into land- and...
Environmental Venture Projects
High levels of meat consumption pose severe environmental and health risks. Globally, livestock produce 14.5 to 18 percent of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions, an amount larger than the entire transportation sector. Moreover, residents of many developed countries consume far more meat than is considered healthy.
News & Press Releases
Pumping an aquifer to the last drop squeezes out more than water. A Stanford study finds it can also unlock dangerous arsenic from buried clays – and reveals how sinking land can provide an early warning and measure of contamination.
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David Lobell moderates discussion Ertharin Cousin.
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