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Land Grant and Minority Serving Institutions: Their Role in Food Aid, Development and Capacity Building Jeffrey D. Armstrong Michigan State University.

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1 Land Grant and Minority Serving Institutions: Their Role in Food Aid, Development and Capacity Building Jeffrey D. Armstrong Michigan State University

2 A Common Global Goal - A Sustainable Food Supply (Food Security) Is MSU Aligned ? Institutional CapacityGlobal Food Security The traditional Land Grant model of highly siloed colleges and departments must change

3 Disciplinarity Within one academic discipline Disciplinary goal setting No cooperation with other disciplines Development of new disciplinary knowledge and theory Discipline Goal of a research project Academic knowledge body Movement towards goal Tress G., Tress B., and Fry G., Clarifying integrative research concepts in landscape ecology

4 Multidisciplinarity Multiple disciplines Multidisciplinary goal setting under on thematic umbrella Loose cooperation of disciplines for exchange of knowledge Disciplinary theory development Discipline Goal of a research project Academic knowledge body Movement towards goal CooperationThematic umbrella Tress G., Tress B., and Fry G., Clarifying integrative research concepts in landscape ecology

5 Interdisciplinarity Crosses disciplinary boundaries Common goal setting Integration of disciplines Development of integrated knowledge and theory Discipline Goal of a research project Academic knowledge body Movement towards goal Integration Tress G., Tress B., and Fry G., Clarifying integrative research concepts in landscape ecology

6 Transdisciplinarity Crosses disciplinary and scientific/academic boundaries Common goal-setting Integration of disciplines and non-academic participants Development of integrated knowledge and theory among science and society Discipline Goal of a research project Academic knowledge body Movement towards goal Non-academic participantsIntegration Non-academic knowledge body Tress G., Tress B., and Fry G., Clarifying integrative research concepts in landscape ecology

7 Holistic View of Sustainability Farmer Development Food Security Food Safety Environment / Ecology / Carbon Footprint Public Attitudes / Assurance Human Health Supply Chain Dynamics / Labor / Ethics of Cost of Food / Animal Welfare

8 Michigan State University: Response, Specific Examples Restructuring around major themes, e.g., food security, sustainable environment & development and health & nutrition Boundary spanning units have been added to effectuate and facilitate change; the Office of International Research Collaboration (OIRC) Increase in flexible funds and fixed- term faculty base

9 Michigan State University: Specific Projects FSKN – transdisciplinary in focus; addressing trade capacity development in developing countries while partnering with government agencies (e.g., USAID, WTO, Government of India Ministries and State Departments) and corporations (e.g., Coca Cola in China and Metro Cash & Carry in India) Use of IT platforms and Open Education Resource (OER) models to provide greater reach/impact at lower costs, e.g., Food Safety Knowledge Network (FSKN) and AgShare (Gates funded) in Africa Photo courtesy of MSU Global. Photo courtesy of Coca-Cola.

10 Michigan State University: Specific Projects MSU and NEPAD received a $10.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to assist in the training of African regulators on biotechnology; helping small farmers, improve agricultural practices and grow healthier, more sustainable food Photo courtesy of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

11 Michigan State University: CANR Response, Roadmap for Alignment & Engagement Technical Expertise Geographical Expertise Infrastructure Food Security Challenge Opportunity Capacity Relationships Market Intelligence Strategic Vision


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