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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 1st, 2012

FSE overview video: A brighter future through food security

FSE, FSI Stanford News

Leaders from Stanford University's Center on Food Security and the Environment discuss the Center's global and multifaceted approach to addressing issues of global hunger, poverty, climate change and environmental degradation in this five-minute overview video. Read more »



April 9th, 2012

Researchers call for policy, aid and innovation to help world’s poorest

CISAC, CDDRL, FSE, FSI Stanford, CHP/PCOR News

Bill Gates spoke to a Stanford audience about the importance of foreign aid and product innovation in the fight against chronic hunger, poverty and disease in the developing world. FSI senior fellows Larry Diamond, Jeremy Weinstein, Paul Wise and Walter Falcon share their own ideas about how to secure the most fragile nations. Read more »



November 27th, 2011

Stanford-Cargill partnership strengthens to address food security issues

FSE, FSI Stanford News

Stanford’s Center on Food Security and the Environment (FSE) has received a $2 million grant from Cargill, a second gift from the company that raises its total contribution to FSE to $5 million over 10 years. Read more »



November 10th, 2011

Stanford focus on food security expands as hunger worsens

FSE, FSI Stanford News

FSE celebrates its center launch as part of FSI's conference on international security, food and health care. The center is poised to become the leading academic institution in the field of food security. Read more »



October 11th, 2011

U.S. ethanol policy major contributor to global food price volatility

FSE, FSI Stanford News

U.S. ethanol policy may be the single most significant contributor to world food price instability, states a Stanford study on the global costs of American ethanol. The rapid rise of biofuels has tied energy and agricultural markets together, making it difficult to assess one without understanding the other. 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