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Global Food Systems Leadership

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Global Food Systems
Leadership Program

Kansas State University
257 Leadership Studies
Manhattan, KS 66506


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. 

At GFSL, here are some of the tough conversations we are having:
  • 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.

What Students Are Saying 

“The first Global Food Systems Leadership class opened my eyes to the complexity and numerous issues that face our entire food system. Everything is intertwined and it’s easy for those woven parts to be bent or broken, causing a ripple effect, which leads to issues that are far beyond what one person or group can fix alone.

The intricate parts of our food system rely on a team of dedicated people to brainstorm both short-term and long-term solution to ensure people are nourished in a sustainable way.”

Annie Jewell 
Former GFSL student,
Works for Dairy Farmers of America

Hear From Other Students

Check out our Student Spotlights to read about the impact our students are making.