University of California (UC) President Janet Napolitano announced the creation of the UC Global Food Initiative. Napolitano, the former Secretary of Homeland Security and Governor of Arizona, says the program is “an example of how a great research university can take on one of the world’s great problems.”

The initiative will engage all 10 UC campuses and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, which the university manages. The goal of the program is to tackle the problem of “how to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population expected to reach eight billion by 2025.” Although many program details are unclear, all UC campuses are expected to play a role, dependent on their area of faculty expertise. To that end, the Office of the President is funding three undergraduate or graduate student research fellows at each UC campus to work on projects related to the initiative.


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