Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership
The Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership (GISFL) is another dimension of the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS).
Worldwide food safety and security require that people have not only a technical knowledge of food systems but also the of leadership competencies to make progress happen.
The catalog provides brief profiles of activities and programs taking place at the interface of humans, animals, and the environment, including some that may not be self-identified as 'One Health'.
This unique initiative provides leadership training in the context of animal health and food safety. GIFSL trains emerging leaders throughout the world by providing opportunities in professional development, experiential education, and mentoring. By collaborating with a variety of programs, consortiums, universities, and private partners, GIFSL imparts the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that build leaders committed to strengthening food systems around the globe.
As an academically based partnership organization with a broad global mission, GIFSL has undertaken a broad agenda of programs and activities. These include:
• Leadership institutes built around national, regional, or international food supply issues
• Public policy courses (local, national, and international)
• Leadership workshops, seminars, and conferences within the context of global food systems
• Leadership development programs for senior national officials
• Global executive development
• Recruitment of global funding partners
• Collaborations with international organizations and the private sector
• Study tours
• Exploratory discussions around the globe
• Partnerships with other universities
GIFSL seeks to fill the gaps that are not met by other organizations and initiatives focused on food security. Many organizations offer technical training on specific subjects services through traditional classroom settings and e-learning. Educational institutions offer disciplinary training and technical credentials. Intergovernmental organizations offer orientation to new members and instruction in their operations and protocol. What’s missing are efforts that build the teamwork and leadership skills needed to accomplish change.
GIFSL grows out of the recognition that achieving a major societal change such as global food security requires shared leadership involving people from multiple countries, cultures, disciplines, and sectors.
University of Minnesota Press Release announcing the launch of GIFSL in 2008
Video: GIFSL Executive Director, Will Hueston discusses global food systems