The UC Davis World Food Center is now housed in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Dean Helene Dillard has appointed Kent Bradford, Distinguished Professor of Plant Sciences and Director, Seed Biotechnology Center, as its interim faculty director. Working with a faculty implementation committee, and reporting directly to the dean, Kent will oversee WFC activities as it transitions to its new home within the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
The World Food Center will engage faculty, departments, and campus food-related centers and institutes in conversations about how WFC can add value for faculty and existing programs. Anticipated activities over the next 18 months include:
- Convening networking meetings that promote interdisciplinary conversations among campus faculty and external stakeholders;
- Building relationships with key regional, national, and international leaders with interests in food systems research;
- Visiting key public and private funders to assess how their strategic priorities overlap with our expertise;
- Hosting workshops and symposia on critical food-related topics.
As envisioned by the faculty implementation committee, the World Food Center is both a megaphone to enhance the visibility of existing college and campus programs and a focal point for attracting extramural funding for large scale research projects to address public challenges at the nexus of food, agriculture, nutrition, and environmental sustainability.
Stay tuned — there will be multiple opportunities to engage with the World Food Center over the coming months.