Food Systems Leadership

Education program enhancement

Most academic programs have an individual disciplinary or subject-matter focus. Few programs actively involve development of teamwork and leadership competencies. Experiential learning to raise awareness and expand understanding of the inter-related roles of government, industry and civil society are uncommon.

GIFSL potential:

1. Capture best practices from successful leadership programs and incorporate these practices into food systems educational programs in educational institutions.
2. Develop experiential learning programs and foster their delivery as an integral part of formal academic programs.
2. Link academic credentialing to the capacity-building efforts of international organizations.

Delivery model

  • Targeted modules and supplemental materials for incorporation into existing technical coursework
  • Short courses delivered in condensed format
  • Internships and other experiential learning opportunities for individuals and groups.

Target audiences:

  • Educational institutions
  • Professional and technical credentialing organizations


  • Countries: developed, developing, in transition, BRIC
  • Continental, regional
  • Global

Participant Characteristics

  • Senior officials and leaders
  • Graduate/Professional students
  • University faculty and administration
  • Professionals seeking additional credentials


  • Public Health Institute model of 50 short courses (of 8-15 contact hours each) offered within a three week block of time.
  • Executive programs allowing working professionals to earn additional credentials while working on an advanced degree
  • Veterinary public health residency program providing hands-on experience in public veterinary practice