Project Partners

Biofuels and the Poor is a collaborative effort between the Food Security and the Environment (FSE) program of the Freeman-Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) at Stanford University, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), & Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences, with the generous support of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Stanford University | Food Security and the Environment(FSE)

Program goals of Stanford University’s program on Food Security and the Environment are :

1. To design new approaches to solving global hunger and environmental problems related to agriculture by creating an interdisciplinary team of scholars inside and outside Stanford who collectively have the relevant scientific, economic, and policy expertise;

2. To expand higher education on food security and the environment by enhancing the curriculum at Stanford in the areas of hunger, agricultural development, sustainable agriculture, and related fields such as risk assessment, national security, and policy analysis;

3. To develop outreach activities with the private sector, national agencies, international organizations, and the NGO community on critical topics of agricultural technology and development, food security, and environment and climate linkages to agriculture;

4. To establish Stanford as the leader in higher education in these fields.

International Food Policy Research Institute

IFPRI’s mission is to provide policy solutions that reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition, and specifically focuses on:

1. Identifying and analyzing alternative international, national, and local policies in support of improved food security and nutrition, emphasizing low-income countries and poor people and the sound management of the natural resource base that supports agriculture;

2. Contributing to capacity strengthening of people and institutions in developing countries that conduct research on food, agriculture, and nutrition policies; and

3. Actively engaging in policy communications, making research results available to all those in a position to apply or use them, and carrying out dialogues with those users to link research and policy action.

Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences

The mission of CCAP is to undertake rigorous basic and applied research that helps analyze the problems and challenges facing China’s agricultural policy-makers and producers. The Center’s research also seeks to better understand the factors contributing to and constraining the nation’s agricultural and rural economic development. Objectives include:

1. To provide a scientific foundation for policy-makers (both governmental and private) to understand the agricultural economy;

2. To suggest needed policy choices for realizing the goal of sustainable economic development based on rational use of natural resources and the sustainable development of agriculture;

3. To promote the development of agricultural economics and related applied sciences, produce a new generation of highly skilled agricultural economists and policy researchers;

4. To bridge the dialogue between China’s economists and social scientists and other academics outside of China; and 5) to accelerate the dissemination of CCAP’s research results to the wider public as a service to government and society.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln | Center for Energy Sciences Research

The mission of CESR is to conduct energy research that produces new technologies, processes and systems that provide new or significantly enhanced renewable energy sources and improves the quality of life and economic opportunity for all Nebraskans. The overall goal of the Center is to develop research and education programs in energy sciences by fostering interdisciplinary collaboration among University of Nebraska-Lincoln faculty and with other research institutions, public-sector agencies, and private sector companies with similar interests. The Center supports both basic and applied research and has a broad mandate to explore a range of renewable energy opportunities (including biofuels, wind, and solar energy), as well as opportunities for energy conservation.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and Co-Chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of trustees Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. Grantmaking global development, global health, and the United States. Learn more about the foundation at

The BMGF commissioned an overview study on bioenergy and smallholder poverty in 2007, to explore the possible dimensions of impact that this study has tried to examine in more detail.