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What We Do

We study the interactions between food production, food security, and the environment using a range of modern tools. The work is motivated by questions such as:

  • What investments are most effective at raising global crop yields, in order to increase food production without expansion of agricultural lands?
  • Which innovations and interventions are currently working best?
  • What direct or indirect effects will efforts to raise crop productivity have on other components of the Earth System, such as climate?

Answering these requires an understanding of the complex factors that limit crop yields throughout the world, and the links between agriculture and the broader Earth System.

Mission Statement

To advance the science that guides investment in food security and crop productivity, and to effectively communicate this science to a broad audience.



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Lobell, David B., and Jennifer A. Burney. 2021. “Cleaner Air Has Contributed One-Fifth of US Maize and Soybean Yield Gains since 1999.” ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH LETTERS 16 (7). IOP PUBLISHING LTD.

Rao, Preeti, Weiqi Zhou, Nishan Bhattarai, Amit K. Srivastava, Balwinder Singh, et al. 2021. “Using Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2, and Planet Imagery to Map Crop Type of Smallholder Farms.” REMOTE SENSING 13 (10). MDPI.