Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment

Food Security

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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

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

Environmental Venture Projects

Menu Messaging to Reduce Meat Consumption »

North America - 2017

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.

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News & Press Releases

New Leadership at Stanford's Center on Food Security and the Environment »

July 6, 2018

David B. Lobell will step in as director Sept. 1, 2018. Lobell succeeds Rosamond L. Naylor, who has been director since FSE’s inception in 2005.

By Michelle Horton, Center on Food Security and the Environment

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Media Coverage

Ertharin Cousin talks food insecurity, conflict and climate change »

May 22, 2018

David Lobell moderates discussion Ertharin Cousin.

By Holden Foreman, The Stanford Daily

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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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