Institute for Sustainable Food Systems (ISFS)
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ISFS Mission

Food is the indispensable cornerstone of human well-being.

Food provides energy, water and nutrients to sustain life, promote health and build functional societies. The Global Food System is a dynamic and complex web of diverse cultures and values, international trade, markets, public and private institutions, farmers, ranchers and fishers, technology, genetic resources, environmental and bio-physical interactions. READ >


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Dr. Anderson, Dr. Asche, and Dr. Garlock of the UF/IFAS Institute for Sustainable Food Systems will be at the North American Association of Fisheries Economists’ Forum 2017 on March 22-24, 2017 to co-lead a special session on Fishery Performance Indicators. The Fishery Performance Indicators Manual is now available here.

Dr. Anderson, Director of the UF/IFAS Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, will deliver the keynote address during the Loews Hotels Farmers Summit in Orlando, FL on March 27-28, 2017: “The Future of Seafood”.

Dr. Gerrit Hoogenboom will be leading the DSSAT 2017 International Training: Assessing Crop Production, Nutrient Management, Climatic Risk, and Environmental Sustainability with Simulation Models May 15-20, 2017 at the University of Georgia at Griffin.  More information and registration (early rate available through 3/31/17) here.

Arie Havelaar, Min Li, and Nitya Singh, of the UF Institute of Sustainable Food Systems, Emerging Pathogens Institute, and Animal Sciences are offering an intensive short course "Quantitative Microbial Risk Assessment of Pathogens in Food Systems", ANS 6637, June 5-16, 2017.

The 2017 UF/IFAS Extension Symposium April 17-19, 2017 at the UF Hilton Hotel and Conference Center in Gainesville, FL: "A Time, to Learn, Collaborate, and Discover New Opportunities" is now open for registration here. The plenary session topic is "Food Systems and YOU: What's Your Role?" - emerging themes and trends in food systems and what it means for UF/IFAS Extension.

Ravin Poudel and Karen Garrett of the Institute of Sustainable Food Systems, Plant Pathology, and the Emerging Pathogens Institute, are authors of the 2016 paper in Phytopathology which has been most frequently downloaded. Microbiome Networks: A Systems Framework for Identifying Candidate Microbial Assemblages for Disease Management​. Open access link.

Pedro A. Sanchez has been appointed as a Member of the President's Committee on the National Medal of Science and will serve a 3 year term, beginning January 2017.

Christopher Barrett and Cheryl Palm authored an editorialMeeting the global food security challenge: Obstacles and opportunities ahead” introducing a special issue of  Global Food Security.

The Florida Entomological Society Annual meeting will be held jointly with the Caribbean Food Crops Society in Isal Verde Puerto Rico July 16-22, 2017.

Karen Garrett will be hosting a group from Cuba’s INISAV this spring, details pending travel arrangements.

Mark Masumba and Cheryl Palm were part of a team of co-authors who published recently in Agricultural Systems: "Evaluating agricultural trade-offs in the age of sustainable development", available here.

The UF Natural Resource Management in Africa Working Group will host a seminar March 23 at 12:45pm in Grinter Hall Room 471: “Fisheries and Aquatic Systems Management in Africa”.

Register here for UF’s Center for Latin American Studies’ 66th Annual Conference “Cuba and the United States in the 21st Century” – March 30-April 1, 2017 at Emerson Alumni Hall.

The Cuban Research Institute on Sugarcane Derivatives (ICIDA), the Sugar Companies Group (AZCUBA), the Association of Sugarcane Technologists (ATAC) and the Latin America Association on Weeds (ALAM) are conducting the XIV International Congress on Sugar and Sugarcane Derivatives, DIVERSIFICACION 2017 at PABEXPO Exhibitions Center in La Habana, Cuba June 26-30, 2017.  Detailed announcement here.

Florida A&M University's Energy Water Food Nexus International Summit 2017 will be in Orlando, FL September 21-22.  Registration and information here.

UF's Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) group is hosting a spring break camp for middle school students to participate in hand-on learning activities.  Contact Sienna Turner, Outreach Coordinator, if you would like to participate.

Food Systems and Human Health

The Challenge: Providing the growing global population with nutritious and safe foods is a considerable challenge.

Global Food Security

The Challenge: Food supply per capita is up considerably, but nearly a billion people are hungry and nearly two billion are overweight.

Tools for Decision Makers

The Challenge: Decision makers are faced with challenging questions that require alternative options for a sustainable food production system.

Food Production and Environmental Sustainability

The Challenge: Sustainable food production is a key part of food security.

New Metrics

The Challenge: In order to understand global food systems we need to find new ways to measure key indicators.