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Creative Solutions to Important Problems

The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation works on improving food systems in a world facing shrinking natural resources, changing climate, urbanization, and rapidly increasing demand. We focus on capacity building activities that increase the strengths of agricultural innovation systems and related actors in Malawi and Afghanistan.

Launched in 2012, GCFSI is one of eight development labs established through the Higher Education Solutions Network of the United States Agency for International Development. GCFSI is housed within MSU's International Studies and Programs unit, and works with researchers and faculty across campus and around the world.

Key Partnerships 

GCFSI partners with the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi University of Science and Technology, and Wageningen University. 

Multi-dimensional solutions

GCFSI takes an interdisciplinary approach that encompasses the entire food system. We consider major environmental, economic, and social trends, as well as workforce development needs. Our cross-cutting themes include communicating for impact, gender inclusiveness, systems thinking, and student engagement.