Global Food Initiative
Global Food Initiative
Global Food Initiative
University of California
Global Food Initiative

Sustainably and nutritiously feeding the world

Setting the table for 8 billion people

When University of California President Janet Napolitano launched the Global Food Initiative (GFI) in 2014, one of her first calls was to the university’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR).

It’s easy to see why: with broad expertise in agriculture, natural resources, nutrition, youth development, and other areas using a variety of scientific disciplines, UC ANR has long led the charge to deliver healthful, sustainable food systems to Californians.

Today a billion people suffer from chronic hunger or nutritional deficiencies. With global population projected to reach 8 billion by 2025, the GFI is responding to nutritional inequities worldwide.

As a public university, UC is dedicated to responding to societal problems and human needs, none of which is more pressing than feeding the world sustainably and nutritiously. The GFI encourages development of crop varieties capable of withstanding flood, drought and soil variations, while fostering innovation and advancements in the livestock, poultry, dairy and aquaculture fields.

Hunger underlies much of the world’s discontent. The GFI’s focus on improving international food production can help strengthen American security by bringing stability to other parts of the globe.

As the UC Global Food Initiative advances, we seek to find common ground to help communities in California and around the world find their way to a sustainable food future.

— Janet Napolitano
President, University of California 


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University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is a division of the University with scientists based on three UC campuses and in UC Cooperative Extension offices serving all California counties. UC ANR conducts research and shares research-based information with the public about agricultural production, environmental stewardship, water policy, youth development and nutrition. UC ANR offers 4-H to youth in California, nutrition education to low-income children and families, and scientific support that helps farmers address challenges and maintain economic viability.

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