Building a Better Path for a More Sustainable Future
The food system is facing incredible challenges – from mitigating food waste and rising food safety issues to building the capacity to feed 9.5 billion people by the year 2050.
In order to ensure a more global, sustainable future, it's critical that we build our next generation of leaders who can break down the natural silos inherent in our food system to work more effectively together – from the private to public sectors, from farm to fork.
Rising to the Challenge
Bridging the gap between traditional food system education and a professional leadership program, this graduate certificate program helps participants:
- Gain a broader knowledge and understanding of interdependencies across the food system
- Learn how decisions, policies, and unforeseen circumstances can ripple across the system
- Develop critical thinking and communications skills to help lead and work more collaboratively across food systems disciplines, sectors, and diverse cultures
The IFSL program is supported by the cross-discipline expertise of University of Minnesota faculty and industry advisors in the private and public sectors.
Designed for Busy Working Professionals
The IFSL program is delivered in an ideal learning format to help working professionals grow personally and professionally:
- Comprehensive and interactive cohort learning experience
- 13-month program with manageable weekly studies
- Primarily online with on-campus two-day sessions at beginning and end of program
- Course credits can be applied to a future graduate degree
Plus participants benefit from the opportunity to network with program faculty, staff and industry advisors.