The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) seeks to create, test and enable the scaling of innovations in the food system, using a multi-disciplinary approach that is focused on the entire food system and is forward-looking—considering major environmental, economic, and social trends and workforce development needs that will impact future food system performance.
Human and Institutional Capacity Development
GCFSI has partnered with the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources to establish a vibrant Innovation Hub in Malawi, which will help support food system innovation and bolster food security, as well as develop the current and next generation of scientists and entrepreneurs in Malawi and the region. In addition, GCFSI communications experts are working with students and faculty at LUANAR to provide them with skills in written and multimedia story-telling.
Food Systems Innovation
GCFSI is developing and testing innovative solutions to food systems problems, ranging from production to post-harvest processing to wholesale and retail marketing. This effort is based on applied research by a diverse mix of agricultural scientists, economists, engineers, geographers, supply chain experts, urban planners and others. Innovative ideas are supported directly by major faculty and student innovation grants, and by GCFSI’s core faculty-led projects.
Gender integration is core to GCFSI's programming. Our aim is to improve the effectiveness of GCFSI's research and innovation activities through gender-responsive design, implementation, and impact assessments. Our ultimate goal is to ensure gender-equitable benefits from GCFSI’s efforts to improve agricultural productivity, reduce poverty, build resilience to climate change, improve food security and nutritional status, and enhance workforce development systems