Mega-Trends

GCFSI works with the USAID's field mission experts and Washington, D.C. Staff to apply science and technology to define and solve key problems in global food systems.

We are working specifically on several mega-trends (MTs) that have broad implications for global food systems including climate change, population growth, urbanization, and the shortage of trained people.

We will develop a sophisticated understanding of these mega-trends and then will develop and test solutions to identify those with the greatest potential for success.The center will issue a competitive request for applications to pilot and study potential solutions to global food system problems.


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With population growth many farm households face diminishing land holding sizes with little room to expand farms and help meet the growing demand for locally grown food. Also, in many parts of the world, climate change is putting agricultural systems under stress from higher temperatures and increased rainfall variability.


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Rapid urbanization and growing per capita incomes in the developing world are transforming consumption patterns and creating major opportunities and daunting challenges for local farmers, traders, processors, consumers, and public officials. GCFSI research will help USAID understand and respond appropriately to this dynamic environment.

The work by GCFSI at WUR partners Domenico Dentoni and Dimitrios Mitsopoulos has contributed to the GCFSI White Paper on Africa‚Äôs Emerging Food Systems Transformation. Link of the White Paper can be found here. 

 


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Educational institutions around the world need to be positioned to provide the skills required by domestic food systems and for effective participation in regional and global value chains.