Feeding the World in the 21st Century: Exploring the Connections between Food Production, Health, Environmental Resources, and International Security


Senior Fellow, Professor, by courtesy, Political Science
Senior Fellow
  • William Wrigley Professor of Earth System Science
  • Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute and Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
  • Professor, by courtesy, Economics
  • Senior Fellow and Founding Director, Center on Food Security and the Environment
Senior Fellow
  • Professor, Political Science
Senior Fellow
  • Senior Fellow
  • Professor, Pediatrics (CHP/PCOR)
Senior Fellow
  • Professor, Political Science
Andrew Mack
Senior Fellow, Emeritus
  • Professor, Economics, Emeritus
  • Senior Fellow, Stanford Woods Institute
  • Deputy Director, Center on Food Security and the Environment
  • Assistant Professor, Earth System Science
  • Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
University of Washington
Affiliated scholar

This project involves political scientists, economists, and medical researchers to address the question of whether hunger, poverty, disease and agricultural resource constraints foster civil conflict and international terrorism. Economists have elucidated the links between agricultural stagnation, poverty, and food insecurity, and political scientists have empirically analyzed the role of poverty in facilitating civil conflict. To date there has been virtually no work bringing the two perspectives together, nor in exploring their connection to infectious disease and dwindling environmental resources. This project seeks to establish the empirical and policy linkages between the approaches, with the goals of reducing poverty, disease, and violent conflict.

Completed seminars exploring such "deadly connections" include:

  • Jeremy Weinstein, Political Science, Stanford University
    Talk title: "AIDS, Security, and Social Stability"
  • Ted Miguel, Economics, Berkeley
    Talk title: "Spring Cleaning: A Randomized Evaluation of Source Water Quality Improvement"
  • Colin Kahl, Political Science, Georgetown
    Talk title: "States, Scarcity, and Civil Strife in the Developing World"
  • Macartan Humphreys, Political Science, Columbia (CISAC Visiting Fellow)
    Talk title: "Poverty and Rebel Recruitment in Liberia's Civil War"
  • David Battisti, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Washington
    Talk title: "Climate change in conflict-prone countries"