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Capacity Development for Food Systems (CD4FS) Cross-Cutting Approach

This cross-cutting approach addresses the range of capacity development that can and should be undertaken by the FSI regardless of the research topic or project.  CD4FS highlights the importance of human, organizational, and institutional capacity development by:

  1. Investing in stakeholders, particularly junior researchers and faculty as well as students by equipping them with the knowledge and skills to contribute to sustainable food systems.
  2. Ensuring organizations have the necessary research administration and organizational infrastructure, systems, and capacity in place to expand and diversify their research portfolios while recognizing that there are systems and capacities in place already. The goal is not to replace those systems but to encourage organizational improvements and adaptations in the research enterprise.
  3. Working with local institutions to improve their research systems which may require involvement of policy makers.
  4. Building a cadre and network of young practitioner-researchers that are “raised” through the financial and mentoring support of FSI.
  5. Exploring innovative approaches to strengthen local organizational and individual capacity to support sustainable food systems. Co-creation of approaches will require a longer time horizon, mutual learning, and adaptive management along the way.

CD4FS will conduct research and provide support to other researchers by:

  1. Offering tools and methods to improve research performance at the individual and organizational levels,
  2. Guidance on how to support improved research performance,
  3. Serving as a mediator between US and country partners to align research interests with capacity development needs, and
  4. Facilitating CD4FS networks using organizational resources at UF and across partner organizations.

FSI Leads for the CD4FS Cross-Cutting Approach:

Sandra Russo
Nargiza Ludgate