Why Global Food Systems Leadership?
Influence & Innovate on a Global Scale
The Global Food Systems Leadership secondary major is extremely unique to Kansas State University. No other university in the United States offers a program that looks at the problems facing our global food systems and calls on college students to take action. From setting yourself apart from other professionals to gaining a world view that understands the needs of others, this secondary major prepares you for a wide range of careers and ensures you are ready to tackle the grand challenges facing food and agriculture.
We Need Your Leadership
Feeding our growing world population is a complex challenge that involves issues like: nutrition, poverty, food waste, droughts and floods, bad infrastructure, and land ownership. These topics are extremely hard to solve because they are ever changing, difficult to recognize, and often require a large scale, systemic change.
- We must feed 10 billion people by the year 2050, and do so sustainably. How are we going to do that?
- 1/3 of all food produced in the world is wasted. Why is this? What can we do to prevent it?
- In developing countries, women can be responsible for up to 80% of food production. But what if women can't own land and need to care for children?
- 159 million children under the age of five are stunted due to inadequate nutrition. How do we close this gap?
Someone has to know the answers to these questions, and few classes on college campuses are having these discussions.
Make Positive Change for Food & Agriculture
One person can not solve the grand challenges of feeding the world alone. It takes different perspectives, diverse areas of expertise, and the ability to work together. It requires leaders who have global awareness, research experience, and a strong understanding of food and agriculture.
Through Global Food Systems Leadership, you will research real issues and propose solutions. You will be challenged to better understand your leadership practice, beliefs, and future plans. You will also build the interpersonal communication skills and emotional intelligence to engage others with diverse opinions and backgrounds in your work. Agriculture and "feeding the world" has more job opportunities than any other field. As a professional entering this industry, Global Food Systems Leadership gives you the knowledge and practice to be confident as you work to make positive change.