The Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) is a multidisciplinary research center at Stanford University that addresses critical global issues of hunger, poverty and environmental degradation by generating vital knowledge and policy-relevant solutions. FSE is a joint effort of the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment.

At FSE’s core is a collaborative, interdisciplinary team of scholars from departments across campus. FSE is engaged in over 17 research projects across 7 themes:

  • Agricultural Innovations
  • Aquaculture
  • Biofuels
  • Climate and Agriculture
  • Crop and Livestock Systems
  • Deadly Connections: Climate, Disease, Poverty and Conflict
  • Food and Nutrition Security

FSE also houses the Rural Education Action Program (REAP), which conducts experiment-based research that shapes policies for improving the accessibility and quality of rural education in China. Learn more at

FSE offers courses for graduate and undergraduate students at Stanford on issues of hunger, rural development, global resource and environmental degradation, agricultural technology, climate impacts on food security, and agricultural trade and policy.


The symposium is generously funded by the Lenfest Ocean Program.

The Lenfest Ocean Program supports a variety of scientific research on marine policy-relevant topics and communicates the results to decision makers and other interested audiences. Our mission is to support the development of a body of science that will serve as the foundation for informed decision making.  Working with scientists, policymakers, and stakeholders, the program strives to support timely research that can be either incorporated into ongoing marine policy discussions or used to initiate new dialogues.

The Program communicates the results of the research it supports so as to maximize its impact on decision makingOur close collaboration with the scientists makes the dissemination of their work more accurate, thorough, and effective. The program was started by the Lenfest Foundation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and managed by The Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about the Lenfest Ocean Program