University of California, Riverside

California Agriculture and Food Enterprise


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What is CAFÉ?

The California Agriculture and Food Enterprise (CAFÉ) will foster basic and translational research, facilitate interactions with external clientele and funding groups, and provide a conduit for dissemination of scientific information to the public. Through participation by Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) faculty and Cooperative Extension (CE) Specialists, CAFÉ will create a stronger linkage with the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) as well as with other faculty, who work on issues relevant to agriculture (e.g., climate change, invasive species, economics of small farms, water use) and health and nutrition. CAFÉ will highlight food crop plants for which UCR has a world-class germplasm collection and historical prominence and facilitate emerging interdisciplinary research on food and agriculture. CAFÉ will create new opportunities for extramural funding, corporate sponsorship, technology transfer, and development while partnering with other campuses through the UC Global Food Initiative. 

CAFÉ’s partnership with the UCR Food Initiative will also be integral to UCR’s outreach efforts, in the social sciences, humanities and the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math). Outreach conducted by UCR researchers in the form of tours for local and international groups, field days for the citrus and other agricultural industries, seminar series, and community events currently already brings thousands of community partners to engage in educational activities related to science and technology; CAFÉ’s partnership with the UCR Food Initiative will provide a critical conduit for supporting and expanding these activities.

Avocado Infographic
Infographic created by Taryn Barsotti, 4th-year microbiology major and member of the CNAS Science Ambassadors

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Food should forge community bonds and foster social and psychological wellbeing. iFRUITS’ cultivation-to-consumption solution is an integrative approach to alleviating urban food insecurity while improving environmental and economic sustainability for small-to-moderate-sized farms: it reduces greenhouse gas through cleaner production, local delivery, and clean waste transformation and improves everyone’s access to good food.







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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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