The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation


The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) is a development lab led by Michigan State University and funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID). It is part of USAID's the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN).

Wageningen University (Netherlands) is GCFSI's international partner together with Sokoine University (Tanzania), the Energy & Resource Institute (India) and Lincoln University (USA).

The lab aims to contribute to sustainable food production and consumption over the next 10-15 years by developing a sophisticated understanding of mega-trends affecting global food systems:

  • Population growth, climate change and pressures on land
  • Rapid urbanization and food systems transformation
  • Skills gaps in the food system workforceThis knowledge base will be used to inform USAID’s programs aimed at developing and scaling locally-appropriate solutions to global hunger and health.

The GCFSI seeks to increase collaboration and coordination among research projects on food security and sustainable development undertaken at Wageningen University and partner universities in Asia and Africa. Therefore, GCFSI collaborates with the Center for Sustainable Development and Food Security on research and education projects.


Visit the official website of GCFSI and learn more about the vision behind the center and the core GCFSI team

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