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Global Center for Food Systems Innovation at Michigan State University Awards Ten Grants to Advance Global Food Security

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Global Center for Food Systems Innovation at Michigan State University Awards Ten Grants to Advance Global Food Security

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Michigan State University’s Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI) has announced the selection of ten winners of its most recent innovation challenge grants. The grants, made possible through GCFSI’s partnership with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), are awarded to enable the development, refinement, or scaling up of food system innovations, with the ultimate goal of helping to support food security efforts around the world. GCFSI is one of eight USAID-funded innovation labs.

CRDF Global managed this targeted competition for GCFSI, which is funded through USAID’s Global Development Lab. The competition drew nearly 250 applications from institutions of higher education and non-governmental organizations in 38 countries. The ten successful projects will be implemented in Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Philippines, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia. The winning teams will be awarded grants ranging between approximately $100,000 and $250,000. GCFSI will administer the grants and provide support and guidance to the grantees. For a complete list of the grantees and their project summaries, please see Michigan State University’s press release.

“We’re very excited to help support these incredibly innovative projects,” said GCFSI Director Eric Crawford, PhD. “As GCFSI continues to evolve to help support food security efforts around the globe, it is critical that we identify and guide projects and initiatives like these, which not only help advance our knowledge, but also have practical, scalable applications in the short- and medium-term. We believe that this round of grantees has the potential to be our greatest yet.” 

CRDF Global is pleased and proud to partner with Michigan State University on this exciting program.