Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Food Security

Research Area block

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

Center on Food Security and the Environment »

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.

Natural Capital Project »

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...

Other Research Centers and Programs

News & Press Releases

Drought Increases Spread of HIV in Africa »

June 24, 2015

When the rains fail in sub-Saharan Africa, some farmers try to make up for lost income through sex work. This, in turn, can increase local HIV infection rates by more than 10 percent, according to a new study.

By Laura Seaman, Center on Food Security and the Environment

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Media Coverage

Human Price of Forest Destruction Paid in Plague »

March 4, 2015

Senior Fellow James Holland Jones (Anthropology) discusses the need to study disease mechanisms to better understand how diseases are being transmitted to humans.

By Niina Heikkinen and ClimateWire, Scientific American

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Published Work
Enhanced Nitrogen Deposition Over China »

February 20, 2013 - Peter Vitousek, Fusuo Zhang, Andreas Fangmeier, Peter Christie, Keith Goulding, Jan Willem Erisman, Zhenling Cui, Jianlin Shen, Aohan Tang, Wenxuan Han, Ying Zhang, Xuejun Liu

Climate Adaptation as Mitigation: the Case of Agricultural Investments »

February 12, 2013 - David Lobell, Thomas W Hertel, Uris Lantz C Baldos

Response of corn markets to climate volatility under alternative energy futures »

April 22, 2012 - Noah Diffenbaugh, Thomas W. Hertel, Martin Scherer, Monika Verma

Integrated Soil–Crop System Management for Food Security »

March 28, 2011 - Peter Vitousek, Pamela Matson, Fu-Suo Zhanga, Volker Römhelde, Shan-Chao Yue, Peng Hou, Qing-Feng Meng, Jin-Shun Bai, Kenneth G. Cassman, Zhen-Ling Cui, Xin-Ping Chen

Significant Acidification in Major Chinese Croplands »

February 19, 2010 - Peter Vitousek, F. S. Zhang, K. W. T. Goulding, P. Christie, W. F. Zhang, W. X. Han, J. L. Shen, Y. Zhang, X. J. Liu, J. H. Guo

Feeding aquaculture in an era of finite resources »

September 8, 2009 - Rosamond Naylor, Ronald W. Hardy, Dominique P. Bureau, Alice Chiu, Matthew Elliott, Anthony P. Farrell, Ian Forster, Delbert M. Gatlin, Rebecca J. Goldburg, Katheline Hua, Peter D. Nichols

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