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Vision of the Food Systems Institute

To develop transformative and sustainable, participatory research-based solutions that enhance nutrition, health, livelihoods, and the environment globally through improved food systems.

Transdisciplinary Research

Thematic Areas and Cross-Cutting Approaches

field with people and links to our Thematic Areas
woman with cattle, links to our cross cutting approaches




Graduate Student Fellows Program

The Food Systems Institute (FSI) at the University of Florida established the Graduate Fellows Program (GFP) to support the participation of graduate students in research related to food systems.

The program is not meant to fully support research activities but rather to supplement ongoing research. This opportunity is intended to enable graduate students and their faculty mentors advance interdisciplinary work relevant to FSI’s thematic areas, cross-cutting themes, and/or outreach activities, while also helping to build bridges between the institute and local, regional, national, and international partners.

Deadline: September 13, 2021

More information: FSI Graduate Student Fellows Program 

Upcoming Events

June 26-30, 2021: DSSAT Development Sprint

The DSSAT Development Sprint is being held from July 26-30, 2021, at the International Fertilizer Development Center (IFDC) in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with Gerrit Hoogenboom of the UF Food Systems Institute. Learn more about DSSAT.

Oct 12-15, 2021: Cultivating Equality - Advancing Gender Research in Agriculture and Food Systems

The conference focusses on research that helps understand and advance positive synergies among sustainable and resilient agricultural, rural and food systems, and equality in societies globally. The conference is co-organized by CGIAR Gender Platform Wageningen University & Research as EU Gender-Smart partner.

Dr. Kathleen Colverson of the Food Systems Institute will be presenting "Gender Transformative Approaches: Methods and Findings" at this conference.

For more information and registration, visit ‘Cultivating Equality: Advancing Gender Research in Agriculture and Food Systems

Nov 16-18, 2021: The ECHO® International Agriculture Conference

For twenty-seven years, ECHO has brought together networks of like-minded individuals devoted to eradicating hunger and improving lives through agriculture and community development. Last year, due to novel coronavirus, ECHO’s Annual Conference moved online. In its 28th iteration, they are returning to our in-person event. The ECHO International Agriculture Conference will return with speakers addressing agricultural challenges, personal experiences, and strategies for improving the lives of millions who daily face food insecurity.

Dr. Kathleen Colverson of the Food Systems Institute will be featured as one of the plenary speakers at this conference.

For more information including registration, visit

In the News... Welcome to the first issue of FSI Connections newsletter, where you can learn about research, education and extension activities of the UF Food Systems Institute!