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 Global 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 Global Food Initiative will provide a critical conduit for supporting and expanding these activities.
Apply for a UC Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship - Deadline: May 22, 2017
In support of the University of California’s Global Food Initiative, which commits the UC to develop and promote sustainable and nutritional food systems to meet an ever increasing global population, the UCR Global Food Committee is soliciting applications for the 2017-18 Global Food Fellowship.
These fellowships are intended to support Global Food Initiative related projects at the UCR campus. Projects should contribute to improved health and nutrition and/or educate the campus community about the importance of access to healthy food. Undergraduate and graduate students are eligible, and are expected to work in collaboration with UCR scholars. A total of six $4,000 fellowships will be awarded.