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Visual stories created by researchers and communicators associated with the Global Center for Food Systems Innovation

Binational, cross-disciplinary program teaches frugal innovation

Trish Abalo speaks with a vendor in Tsoka Market. Photo Credit: Alyssa Cleland
MSU student Trish Abalo speaks with a vendor in Tsoka Market. Photo Credit: Alyssa Cleland

What kind of program needs nursing, social science, political theory and agribusiness management majors?

Those fields and more are encompassed by an innovative food education program developed by Stephanie White, a researcher at Michigan State University’s Global Center for Food Systems Innovation. She developed the Frugal Innovation Practicum after studying urban legume retailers in Malawi last year.

The Global Center for Food Systems Innovation trains students to become development workers, White said. “It seemed to me there was a forum there for students to learn.”

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Photo story: Pictures measure nutrition

By Ali Hussain

Speech is not the only way people engage with their surroundings.  Information hard to express in words may be better communicated with photographs.

Christopher Bielecki used photography to measure people’s access to nutritious food in rural Guatemala when he was a researcher at Texas A&M University.

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Purdue students address hunger in Haiti with hydroponic food system

Photo: Rachel Sparks
A prototype of the hydroponics system. Photo: Rachel Sparks

By Kasey Worst

As part of a senior  project, Rachel Sparks and a team of other students at Purdue University, designed a hydroponics system that could fit inside of a shipping container.

Hydroponics is a method of growing plants where no soil is needed. Instead, nutrient-filled water is delivered to the plants. The delivery method varies by system.

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Maize and the Pigeon Pea

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Text: Kasey Worst

Images: Erin Anders, Vicki Morrone, Isaac Jambo

Before she left to do research for the Global Center for Food Systems Innovations in Malawi, Erin Anders’ professor told her a saying from that country:

“Maize is life.”

It is a phrase Anders said she did not understand then. But after spending May through August of 2014 in the

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