About the initiative
The world's population will grow to an estimated 9.6 billion (pdf) people by 2050. By 2030, the global middle class will grow (pdf) from 2 billion people to at least 4.9 billion, adding $3.5 trillion in annual consumer food-related spending. This population segment will demand a safe, higher-quality diet focused on animal protein and cereal grains.
Estimates indicate that the world's farmers will need to produce between 70 percent and 100 percent more food to meet the growing demand.
Kansas State University's agricultural heritage, food systems expertise and world-class research facilities firmly establish the university as a leader in addressing the growing technological, educational and human resource needs of the global food system.
The Global Food Systems Initiative will accelerate new research and teaching opportunities for Kansas State University faculty and staff, and add value to students' overall education experience.
Industry partners will help to leverage the university's strengths to help keep the U.S. food system as the most competitive in the world.