Investors take interest in GCFSI grantee
John Nduko and Anthony King'ori, GCFSI grantees and researchers at Egerton University in Kenya, partnered to develop a protein-rich animal feed and baby food that could help alleviate malnourishment in East Africa. Launched in 2016, the innovation has garnered the attention of local investors. Nduko said feeding trials have been underway and he has with investors. "Now we are finalizing the design of a building to house the insects," he said. "We are moving on well, and soon we will see our project commercialized."

Wild-caught locusts and grasshoppers are reared, then dried in the sun and ground into powder, which can be blended with porridge for babies, or fed to poultry for relatively low cost. "We foresee a situation to provide inexpensive food and feed, to contribute to the end of malnutrition, and contribute to food security in Kenya and Africa. The market is there," Nduko said. Find out more >>
Feeding trials in Kenya; feed made of dried and processed locusts and grasshoppers is given to poultry. Photo: John Nduko.
Applying international research to a local context
Dr. Stephanie White, city-regional food systems lead for GCFSI and assistant professor in the Department of Community Sustainability, is part of a team that was awarded a seed grant through Food@MSU. The new project, 'Resilience in the Field: Urban Agriculture and Local Environmental Governance in the Greater Lansing Area,' brings together faculty from the colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Arts and Letters, along with members of the Greater Lansing Food Bank's Garden Project. Read more >>
Get a feel for White's approach to food security issues through her piece in AgriLinks, Increase urban food security with improved infrastructure, and her research brief, Urban Food Security in Lilongwe, Malawi: Consumer Reliance on the Small-scale Urban Food Sector (PDF).
Researchers collect data in a Lilongwe, Malawi, market. White will use her experience working in African food systems to address urban agriculture in a new Michigan-focused project. Photo: Stephanie White.
Podcast: Using design thinking
to teach design thinking in Malawi
In this podcast, produced by MSU's Hub for Innovation in Learning and Technology, Nick Noel speaks with GCFSI's Deputy Director, Kurt Richter, and the Hub's Director for Assessment, Dr. Bill Heinrich. They discuss a capacity building project in Malawi that taught design thinking to a group of researchers at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The Innovation Scholars Program is a project of GCFSI, which was hosted by Richter, Heinrich and colleagues from MSU, in partnership with international experts. Read more about the program >> 
The path for human-centered development is a continuous feedback loop. Innovators develop solutions with users and deconstruct problems with stakeholders. Graphic: Libby Hoffman. 
Listen: Design thinking in Malawi
Need to use the bathroom at work? Lilongwe's female vendors think twice

Women farmers and entrepreneurs in Malawi experience more limitations than their male counterparts, researchers say. Students in the 2017 Frugal Innovation Practicum (FIP) interviewed vendors at Mitundu market to learn about issues they face that affect their businesses and ability to put food on the table. Read the full story >>

VENDOR PROFILE: Hilda Tabulo |  Barriers to market growth and local food security.
Video by Lizzy LaFave.

Who We Are

We are the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation (GCFSI), and we work to prepare the next generation of problem-solvers who will face our considerable food system challenges. Through research and capacity-building activities, we create, test, and enable the scaling of food security solutions.

Launched in 2012, the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation is one of eight development labs established through the Higher Education Solutions Network of the United States Agency for International Development. GCFSI is housed within the International Studies and Programs unit at Michigan State University.

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