Global food security challenges are integrated with serious effect on global public health and sustainable ecological challenges. The solutions to these challenges require a systems science based innovations based on understanding of critical control points of cellular to ecological systems from climate resilient agricultural production systems to value added processing of agriculture and to how foods and crops systems from fresh stages to processing affect food security and public health outcomes. This requires new system science- based paradigm based on "climate resilient food systems" and “food for health” for overall prevention of diet-linked chronic diseases coupled with positive benefits for improving maternal and child health. Further such healthy crops & foods have to be safely processed through a value-added economic chain and must also be ecologically sustainable. This paradigm shift in understanding of global food security will be integrated into research & educational advancements by GIFSIA at NDSU through research and education innovations for students and concurrently advanced internationally through partnerships & collaborations with peer institutions contributing to ND Agriculture & Economy. This need was assessed by studying current agriculture, ecology, food science, & health research and curriculum across US & internationally & lack of systems based solutions to these interconnected global challenges.
GIFSIA vision is to advance solutions to global food security challenges through a paradigm shift in building "climate resilient food systems" and “food for health” as a value-added agriculture platform to combat climate change coupled global public health challenges from diet-linked chronic diseases to child and maternal health while also keeping food safe from biotic and abiotic (food safety and post-harvest preservation) stresses.