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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of ACES
Office of International Programs
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Our Mission

IFSI supports the application of science in a food systems framework to help secure abundant food for everyone. Our intention is to build the most comprehensive farm-to-fork university program for global food security in the nation.

The plan is based on a commitment of resources that can relate to food systems from all of our units and disciplines. Centered in the College of ACES, current and future intellectual capabilities from each of our academic departments will be devoted to a broad range of problems that are vital to achieving food security. We will advance knowledge relevant to critical factors in food systems that in turn affect international food security.

• Agricultural and food production efficiency and sustainable practices
• Management systems using integrated approaches
• Innovations in genetics, genomics, reproduction, bioprocesses, and biotechnology
• Cultural, socio-economic, and demographic factors relevant to food security
• Data analytics and modeling, systems informatics, and computational genomics
• Health outcomes related to food insecurity and nutritional status
• Agricultural, food, and nutrition policies affecting household food security
• Post-harvest loss and food waste remediation
• Family, community, and partnership strategies to attain food security
• Education and extension interventions in food systems
• Environmental sustainability, epidemiology, and microbial ecology

The goal is food security – meaning that all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for active and healthy lives.


IFSI focuses and coordinates the College of ACES' expertise on food security with our campus, industry, and international partners, securing abundant food for everyone through food systems research and innovation.