Food Systems Leadership

Professional Development

Existing gap:

Many organizations and government agencies have no such systematic professional development programs in place even though these types of programs are widely recognized as a critical characteristic of successful organizations. Furthermore, existing professional development programs largely reside within individual organizations or companies and do not span the public-private sectors or consider the food system in their scope.

GIFSL potential:

1. Create professional development programs and facilitate mentoring for food systemrelated agencies, organizations and companies.
2. Facilitate cross-sector groups of mid career professionals in real world problem solving in the area of food systems.

Delivery model

  • Individualized programs
    • Begin with self-assessment
    • Individual development plans tailored to competency needs
    • Self-paced with e-learning potential
  • Systematic approaches for organization
    • Variable length delivered in multiple sessions
    • Tiered to show progression: entry →mid-level →senior
  • Opportunistic “crash courses” and “boot camps” for key officials
    • “Just-in-time” to coincide with new appointments or responsibilities
    • Built on situational awareness


  • Individual countries: developed, developing, in transition, BRIC
  • Continental, regional
  • Global

Target audiences:

  • Government
  • Private sector (Food industry)
  • NGOs
  • IGOs

Participant Characteristics

  • Senior officials and leaders
  • Early to Mid-career professionals
  • Emerging leaders