The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation recently pioneered an effort to teach students how to help better feed the world.
The Frugal Innovation Practicum documented in this video targeted students and faculty from Lilongwe University of Agriculture & Natural Resources in Malawi and from Michigan State University in the United States.
They represented fields as diverse as nursing, social science, political theory, agribusiness management.
This experiential service-learning opportunity allowed them to engage directly with market vendors and local officials as they sought frugal solutions to difficult problems.
The video is produced under the center’s Translational Scholar Corps. Additional communication resources produced by the corps in support of the practicum include:
- Audio interviews with U.S. students before they visited Malawi: Malawi, U.S. students innovate food systems frugally
- Audio interviews with the same students upon their return: Frugal innovators return from Malawi
- A text story describing the program and featuring multiple images. Binational, cross-disciplinary program teaches frugal innovation
- Support for blog posts produced by the practicum participants: The frugal innovators