A Message from the Directors

Greetings to the World Food Center community,

We are pleased to share this inaugural newsletter, capturing and celebrating some of our accomplishments in 2015. By partnering with leaders across UC Davis and in the region, state and beyond, we have laid a foundation for achieving our mission of positioning UC Davis as the hub for transformational solutions to healthy food for people and the planet.

The challenges are great, but UC Davis is up to the task. Indeed, what better place to address the increasingly complex challenges in food, agriculture and health than at the world's number one university for agriculture and veterinary medicine; located in the state that produces half of the fruits and vegetables in the U.S.; and proximate to the global center for innovation, Silicon Valley. The World Food Center was established to bring these assets together for greater impacts on the food and health of communities in California and beyond.

Highlights of World Food Center activities include:

Convening international conferences in a broad range of topics: water for food security, nutrition for a healthy world, food literacy and innovative solutions for food and agriculture through ag tech solutions

Partnering with thought leaders such as the Gates Foundation, Brookings Institute and World Food Prize and establishing a stellar external advisory board

Expanding UC Davis' global reach with the new World Food Center - China, partnering on the Climate Smart Agriculture conference in France, and multiple engagements with Expo Milan, the first World's Fair focused on food

Investing in next-generation leaders who are designing apps and technology that are changing our world

Thanks to all of our partners who share our passion for developing solutions for safe, abundant food and healthy communities: the UC Davis faculty, companies, foundations, NGOs, and policy makers. We invite you all to engage with us in the coming year by following the latest news, joining our events and investing in our programs.

Warm holiday wishes,

Roger Beachy
Founding Director

Josette Lewis
Associate Director