The university serves the nation’s and the state’s critical needs by contributing to a well-qualified and broadly diverse citizenry. The University of Florida seeks to create the broadly diverse environment necessary to foster multi-cultural skills and perspectives in its teaching and research so that its students can contribute to and succeed in the world of the 21st century. These three interlocking elements — teaching, research and scholarship, and service — span all the university’s academic disciplines and represent the university’s commitment to lead and serve the state of Florida, the nation, and the world by conserving, pursuing, and disseminating new knowledge while building upon the experiences of the past. The university aspires to advance by strengthening the human condition and improving the quality of life in Florida and around the world.

Member Projects

  1. CGIAR CRP Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) Project at the University of Florida: The CRP CCAFS project is a global project focusing on adaptation to climate change; its purpose is to develop appropriate participatory action research methodologies and strategies, with a particular focus on gender and social equitability, at the CCAFS research sites across East and West Africa and South Asia.
  2. The Master of Sustainable Development Practice Program (MDP) is a global two-year master’s degree program focused on training a new generation of development practitioners to address the complexities of sustainable development in innovative ways.
  3. ICARDA: Middle East Water and Livelihoods Initiative (WLI): The Middle East Water and Livelihood Initiative (WLI) is a USAID-funded program aimed to improve the livelihoods of rural households and communities in seven countries (Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen) facing challenges of water scarcity and quality as well as land degradation.
  4. Trilateral Cooperation (Brazil):  The University of Florida is the lead institution in an alliance with USAID/Brazil to negotiate, plan, coordinate and implement the USIAD-funding component of the Trilateral Cooperation Agreement between the U.S. and Brazil; activities are aligned with Feed the Future (FTF), the U.S. Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative designed to reduce poverty, hunger and malnutrition.
  5. The Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI) at UF has multiple projects focusing on global health research in more than 50 countries, funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Areas of Expertise