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Productive food systems and their environmental consequences are at the core of the program. With roughly 1 billion hungry people in the world, three-quarters of which live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihoods, improving agricultural productivity will be central to any effort at alleviating hunger. At the same time, agriculture is one of the largest contributors to global environmental degradation, including land use change and associated ecosystem loss, air and water pollution, and contribution to global climate change. Research at FSE seeks to generate solutions that address these problems simultaneously, shedding light on how to feed the world without destroying the environment in the process.


Solar-powered drip irrigation for crops
Solar-powered irrigation helps farmers break the cycle of poverty, hunger, and malnutrition.
Mapping and measuring climate change impacts on agriculture helps farmers adapt for the future.
Palm oil fresh fruit bunches
The rapid expansion of oil crops presents new challenges for ecosystem health and smallholder livelihoods.
Rising demand for food is changing how and where the world produces crops and livestock, with big environmental impacts.
Satellite remote sensing
Big data and new analytical techniques mean better measurements and more targeted solutions to food insecurity.
Aquaculture and fisheries must be managed for food security and sustainability to meet rising demand.
For smallholder farmers and their families, food security is closely tied to nutrition and health.
The Rural Education Action Program (REAP) conducts real world, experiment-based research to provide policy makers with clear scientific results that can help...