About The Food Systems Leadership Institute

Food Systems Leadership Institute (FSLI) is dedicated to developing individual and institutional leadership for a 21st Century food system. The program curriculum focuses on a series of core leadership competencies and three complementary threads: individual leadership; leading change within organizations; and understanding and influencing complex, diverse food systems. This curriculum lays the groundwork for leaders who will transition food systems research, education, and outreach to broader, more holistic approaches.

FSLI is a program of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

North Carolina State University is the primary host institution, responsible for program implementation and hosting FSLI scholars during one of their three onsite residential sessions. The Ohio State University and California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo are also partners in the FSLI, providing their expertise in leadership and food systems to the FSLI curriculum and hosting onsite residential sessions for FSLI participants.

The FSLI would like to recognize and thank the supporters of the program especially those who have provided funds for scholarships to Fellows. These organizations include the Board on Agricultural Assembly (BAA) from APLU and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

The FSLI is committed to developing additional partnerships with individuals and organizations dedicated to leadership development and food systems. Please contact us for additional information.

FSLI 10 Year Anniversary Brochure

Current Cohorts Current Cohorts

 Alumni Bulletin

Fellow Projects


Leadership Award

APLU FSLI Commission