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Walter P. Falcon, PhD

Deputy Director of FSE; FSI Senior Fellow; Stanford Woods Institute Senior Fellow; and Helen Farnsworth Professor of International Agricultural Policy, Economics (Emeritus)

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July 16th, 2013

Stuck in the mud: Stanford’s scholarly farmer on the soggy fortunes of Midwest growers

FSE, FSI Stanford News

FSE deputy director Walter Falcon shares field notes from his farm in Iowa a year after the region experienced its worst drought in decades. Now farmers are recovering from the wettest spring on record, eclipsing the 1892 record. "The riskiness of farming is something to see in real time; it is also very instructive to listen as farmers talk about coping with uncertainty," writes Falcon. Read more »



June 6th, 2013

Seeds of Sustainability wins 2013 ESA Sustainability Science Award

FSE, FSI Stanford News

The Sustainability Science Award Subcommittee was unanimous in its recommendation that the Seeds of Sustainability team of authors (which included seven FSE affiliates) receive this year's award. The award recognizes a single scholarly contribution published in the last 5 years that represents the greatest contribution to the emerging science of ecosystem and regional sustainability through the integration of ecological and social sciences. Read more »



May 13th, 2013

Celebrating 30 years of connecting Asia and Stanford

Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford News

This May the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center celebrated 30 years of connecting Asia and Stanford, and helping to guide American policy towards the region. +VIDEO+
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October 19th, 2012

FSE has a few more questions for the candidates

FSE News

As a follow up to the FSI piece on five foreign policy questions for Obama and Romney, FSE fellows ask a few additional food security related questions. Read more »



August 8th, 2012

Field notes from an Iowa farm

FSE, FSI Stanford News

The American Midwest is suffering through the driest summer in decades, and Stanford economist Walter Falcon is watching the corn wither in his fields. He writes how the drought is affecting crops, prices and the livelihoods of his fellow farmers in Iowa. Read more »




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Are Biofuels Contributing to Higher Food Prices?
“Corn prices are higher than they’d be if we didn’t have the biofuel industry. People who primarily subsist on corn make $2 a day or less and spend 60% of their budget on food and are seriously hurt by higher prices,” said Walter P. Falcon ...
March 28, 2011 in Greentech Media (blog)

Rethinking the Sandwich: the Globalization of Wheat Rust
According to Walter Falcon, the deputy director for Stanford University's Program for Food Security and the Environment, and a former chairman of CGIAR's ...
July 26, 2010 in Miller-McCune.com