Centers and Institutes: Food Security
Colorado State University is a leader in Food Security research.
The Colorado State University Livestock-Climate Change CRSP aims to reduce vulnerability, increase adaptive capacity, and augment the income of livestock producers in regions where agricultural systems are changing, available resources are shrinking, and climate is having an impact.
This is a unique transdisciplinary research program with the goal to improve the disease prevention characteristics of food crops, thereby rescuing chronic disease morbidity and mortality. The focus of the program is on the major staple crops of the world’s population, but specialty crops are also investigated. The program deals with problems at the interface of agriculture and human health, and one critical step to assist with the developing of sustainable solutions to these global problems will be the Crops for Health Research Working Groups.
Achieving food security and responding to the challenges of climate change are two goals that must be achieved together. That’s why agriculture, fisheries and forestry in developing countries must undergo a significant transformation
As population is on the rise food consumption patterns are destined to follow the same upward trend. Food production will need to increase by at least 70 percent to meet the demands of this growing population by 2050. Studies show that climate change is likely to reduce food productivity, its production stability and incomes in some areas that already have high levels of food insecurity.
Climate-smart agriculture promotes production systems that sustainably increase productivity, resilience (adaptation), reduces/removes GHGs (mitigation), and enhances achievement of national food security and development goals.
For more information, please contact Raj Khosla, Raj.Khosla@colostate.edu.
The mission of the Global Soil Sustainability Working Group is to leverage the diverse strengths of Colorado State University scientists by coordinating research activities and providing a platform that integrates soil data from disparate sources to facilitate more productive interaction between soil scientists and decision-makers.
Principal Investigators – Rich Conant, NREL; Diana Wall, NREL; Keith Paustian, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences; Francesca Cotrufo, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences; Lee Sommers, Soil Microbiology and Chemistry; Gene Kelly, School of Agricultural Sciences; and Joe von Fischer, Department of Biology.
The Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory is an interdisciplinary ecology research and teaching unit at Colorado State University. Our mission is to improve understanding of the complex interactions between humans, management activities, and ecosystems.
Director: John Moore
Modern agricultural production and land resource management requires sustainability, profitability and innovation. To train future managers, CSU created the Western Center for Integrated Resource Management. The long term goal of the Western Center is to “improve the competitive position and sustainability of independent livestock producers and the economic and environmental health of rural communities.”
Director: Gordon Niswender