OUR VISION: To support and enhance Cornell's aspirations to be a global land grant university that improves the lives of the poor through the development of sustainable food systems.
OUR MISSION: To strengthen the Cornell community's capacity for making significant contributions to sustainable global development by supporting multi-disciplinary research with a problem-solving focus, partnering with developing country institutions, and facilitating campus-wide dialogue on critical development issues.
Established in 1990 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, CIIFAD engages diverse disciplines, actors and institutions to advance knowledge and practice for sustainable agricultural and rural development.
Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture, and Development (CIIFAD), with partners in Africa, Asia and Latin America, initiates and supports innovative programs that contribute to improved prospects for global food security, sustainable rural development and environmental conservation around the world. Established in 1990 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, CIIFAD engages diverse disciplines, actors and institutions to advance knowledge and practice for sustainable agricultural and rural development.
Cornell University has been a leader in international agricultural and rural development for much of the past century. CIIFAD mobilizes Cornell's academic resources, enabling faculty and students to engage in innovative, multidisciplinary work contributing to sustainable agricultural and rural development. CIIFAD undertakes to generate and share knowledge, to develop human resources, and to strengthen institutions to support this objective. Most of CIIFAD's work is carried out by faculty members and graduate students who contribute their time and effort to collaborative programs.
Though CIIFAD's activities target poverty and the environment, its scope is necessarily broad, encompassing and integrating technical, social and institutional dimensions. To deal with complex and interconnected sets of issues, CIIFAD's mode of operation is collaborative, interdisciplinary and problem-oriented. In addition to working at the policy level, many CIIFAD initiatives operate at the interface between research and community development. CIIFAD endeavors not only to foster adaptive research that leads to innovative, practical solutions at the field level, but to ensure scaling up of proven strategies and for wider impact.
Alice Pell, Vice Provost for International Relations, Cornell University (ex-officio)
Robert W. Herdt, Adjunct Professor, Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University
Janet McCue, Associate University Librarian for Teaching, Research, Outreach and Learning, Services, Mann Library, Cornell University
Per Pinstrup-Anderson, Professor, Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University
Peter Matlon, Adjunt Professor, Applied Economics and Management, Cornell University