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Michigan State University
Michigan State University (MSU) is the first land-grant university in the U.S. and one of the Top 100 Global Universities. MSU’s expertise in food and agribusiness includes top-ranked programs in Crop and Soil Science, Animal Science, Packaging, Agricultural Economics, Supply Chain Management, Horticulture, Plant Science, Bio Technology and Plant Breeding. MSU has six world-class centers, institutes and alliances whose purpose is solely, or in large measure, the provision of food industry development services, and products in the areas of food safety, grades and standards (G&S), and international food laws and regulations. MSU is the leader in international development for global agrifood systems among U.S. universities. We work across the value chain in every food group – from assisting small farmers on technology adoption, to marketing, to health and public policy, to trade development. Our food security project has been running in over 10 countries in Africa for almost 30 years – the longest running USAID cooperative agreement with a land grant university. MSU has multiple, deep networks with local NGO’s, governments, industries, extension agencies, universities, and others around the world. Nearly 1400 MSU faculty are engaged in research, outreach, and development projects in 176 different countries. In addition, MSU has formal linkage agreements with over 140 universities in 50 countries. MSU launched its OCW initiative in 2007 with 8 non-credit courses in international business finance. MSU is in the top three in online learning among Big Ten universities with 13,000 enrollments in 29 programs.
Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a non-profit making foundation, created under Belgian law in May 2000. GFSI benchmarks existing food standards against food safety criteria, and also looks to develop mechanisms to exchange information in the supply chain, to raise consumer awareness and to review existing good retail practices.
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been making grants since 1967 to help solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world. The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, the environment, global development, performing arts, philanthropy, and population, and makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
USAID Partnership for Food Industry Development
PFID is a joint university and food industry technical assistance program, with the leader agreement managed by the Office of Agriculture in the Economic Growth Agriculture and Trade (EGAT) pillar of USAID. Project objectives support the USAID Agriculture Strategy strategic theme of “Mobilizing Science and Technology and Fostering Capacity for Innovation.”
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. Its mandate is to promote and accelerate sustainable industrial development in developing countries and economies in transition, and work towards improving living conditions in the world’s poorest countries by drawing on its combined global resources and expertise.

Additional Faculty Members
Sophie Jones (blog) is a health and wellness specialist who also holds retreats in various locations around the globe. She is lending her experience and expertise to help in developing more online programs as well as group events.