Food and Agriculture

With the world's population expected to grow to more than 9.7 billion people by 2050, and more farmland being lost to development each year, global hunger and food security challenges increase. From 2015 to 2016, the number of people who were unsure of where their next meal was coming from increased from 80 million to 108 million.

DPI aims to use innovation and technology to find breakthroughs that will not only produce more food for the global population but also help deliver food faster and cheaper than ever before. Illinois is uniquely positioned to lead solutions to the demands placed on food and agriculture because of the critical mass of farmers, business and civic leaders, scientists, government officials and entrepreneurs within the state. These groups can drive forward-thinking strategies and breakthroughs that will make Chicago and the state of Illinois a leading global center for food and agriculture innovation.

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Food and Agriculture Working Group

SHELLY NICKOLS-RICHARDSON

Chair
Professor & Department Head
Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

KATHERINE WARPEHA

Institutional Lead
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Illinois at Chicago

CHENG-CHIA (BRIAN) CHEN

Institutional Lead
Assistant Professor
Department of Public Health
University of Illinois at Springfield

LISA AINSWORTH

Adjunct
Department of Plant Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MOLLY DOANE

Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
University of Illinois at Chicago

ZACHARY GRANT

Extension Educator
University of Illinois Extension
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MEGAN KONAR

Associate Professor
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

RICHARD STOKES

Instructor
Department of Biology
University of Illinois at Springfield

MEGAN STYLES

Assistant Professor
Department of Environmental Studies
University of Illinois at Springfield

ALFRED TATUM

Dean & Professor
College of Education
University of Illinois at Chicago

THOMAS THEIS

Professor
Department of Civil & Materials Engineering
University of Illinois at Chicago

ALEX WINTER-NELSON

Director of International Programs & Professor
Department of Agricultural & Consumer Economics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign