Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI)
More recently MSU has launched the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI). As part of the Higher Education Solutions Network, the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation's overall goal is to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of USAID programs, through an innovative and cost-effective partnership with scientists and practitioners from academia, the private sector, and strategically chosen research and development laboratories, thereby building a sustainable consortium of global problem solvers. The Center's approach to global food systems is holistic and combines expertise from disciplines such as agricultural and food science, biotechnology, economics, education, engineering, including postharvest, processing, and packaging.
A special focus on student engagement will ensure that the next generation of students graduating from MSU and our partner institutions are creative entrepreneurs with an innovative spirit prepared to solve global issues. The Center will facilitate scalable solutions to complex development problems by employing connected knowledge, breakthrough thinking, and problem-solving practices that include experimentation, rapid prototyping, and developing locally relevant applications.