In order to set the stage for a discussion about the use of ICTs in support of food systems innovation, it is important to first describe the current state of the ICT infrastructure in developing regions.
Food systems are embedded in a social context. The society defines different roles and responsibilities for men and women; determines who owns critical assets of production; influences participation decisions as well as the allocation of benefits. Thus the issues raised under food system challenges lend themselves to important gender considerations.
The purpose of Translational Scholars Corp (TSC) is to assist in trans-disciplinary communication between researchers across all GCFSI research areas (known as megatrends) to develop translational information regarding global food systems and production in the target countries.
We work with the USAID to apply science and technology to find solutions to problems in global food systems. GCFSI is working specifically on several megatrends that have broad implications for global food systems including climate change, population growth, urbanization, and the shortage of trained people.
The Decision Support and Informatics (DSI) unit will work closely with research teams to conceptualize problems, critically evaluate complex systems and alternative approaches, and analyze data to improve decision-making.