The Food Security Group and its affiliates maintain strategic relationships with leading agriculture and food research organizations to provide access to leading industry technology, thought leadership and market expertise. The relationship with these institutions varies per situation and includes MOUs where appropriate, some formal business relationships for specific projects and for those organizations funded by donor programs an appropriate relationship.

  • Ag-West Bio Inc. is recognized as a global leader in the agricultural life sciences. It is the organization that founded the ABIC conference series which is now held annually at different locations across the world . The objective of ABIC is to global science, business, government and development communities to enable the application of sustainable agricultural biotechnologies for the good of all.
  • Ag-West Bio is a catalyst for Saskatchewan’s bioeconomy, helping to move research to market. Saskatchewan is recognized as leading cluster in agricultural research.
  • Ag-West Bio member companies include research organizations, industry, research service organizations, economic development organizations and commodity groups. Members represent the biotechnology, bioproducts and biofuels, and health and nutrition sectors.
  • Ag-West Bio has a commercialization fund has assisted many early stage companies, as well as enabling established companies expand their businesses.

  • The Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture’s mission is “to employ agricultural science to feed the world’s hungry, and to support equity, economic growth, quality of life, and mutual respect among peoples”
  • The Borlaug Institute’s programs provide researchers, policymakers and university faculty from developing countries the ability to strengthen sustainable agricultural practices through scientific training and collaborative research opportunities

  • The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) is an independent, non-partisan policy forum. Established as a not-for-profit corporation in 2004 by the federal government, CAPI addresses policy issues of significance to the agri-food sector.
  • CAPI focuses on the mid- to long-term issues facing the agriculture and agri-food sector.
  • CAPI has identified three major themes in which to focus its work: food and wellness, sustainability, and viability. The Institute identifies emerging issues and trends that influence agriculture. It brings together industry leaders to provide their views, and fosters debate on topics of interest to all parties throughout the value chain.




  • The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Alabama, is the cornerstone of the Cummings Research Park Biotechnology Campus.
  • The campus hosts a synergistic cluster of life sciences talent – science, education and business professionals – that promises collaborative innovation to turn knowledge and ideas into commercial products and services for improving human health and strengthening Alabama’s progressively diverse economy.
  • The non-profit institute is housed in a state-of-the-art, 270,000 square-ft. facility strategically located in the nation’s second largest research park. HudsonAlpha has a three-fold mission of genomic research, economic development and educational outreach.

  • The IFDC was formed to help developing countries implement new agricultural systems
  • Has offices in 25 developing countries and impacts tens of millions of smallholder farmers each year
  • Recognized international non-profit status and is funded by groups such as governments, foundations, and the World Bank
  • Approximately 75% of all fertilizer technology in use today was developed by TVA’s National Fertilizer Development Center in Muscle Shoals (the predecessor to IFDC)
  • KFSG affiliate NFT Industries LLC is working closely with IFDC on new technologies around nitrogen efficiency and micronutrient delivery systems.

  • The National Research Council is the Government of Canada’s premier organization for R&D
  • Conducts research on biotechnology and genomics pertinent to crop improvement
  • Home of the Industry Partnership Facility, an incubator for small and medium-sized plant biotech companies
  • Has a partnership with the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India, under which each of the parties agreed to cooperative research projects in the areas of oilseed and pulse crop genomics and utilization of plants for health and wellness

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  • In February 2014 the Hunger Solutions Institute, in partnership with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, (FAO) held a High Level interactive forum, “Shaping the Collective Role of Universities as a Partner in Ending Hunger” to determine how to better coordinate efforts to address these critical issues.
  • A consensus outcome from that gathering, which drew 70 leaders from 30 universities in Canada, the United States and Latin America, was the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security.

  • Texas A&M University is the largest agricultural university in the world.
  • Its research agency, Texas AgriLife Research, operates 13 research centers in Texas and collaborates with more than 30 nations.
  • It is home of international institutes focused on world hunger

  • The Virtual Fertilizer Research Center was recently launched to fill the void for new technologies due to very low research investments by the fertilizer industry
  • The VFRC is a global research initiative that connects universities, public and private sector research laboratories, fertilizer and agribusiness industries, and entrepreneurs to collaborate on the next generation of fertilizers and production technologies

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  • Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) represents a campus best practice in international programming and sustainable human development.
  • It creates a learning environment where intellectual discovery and social responsibility converge in pursuit of a sustainable world – a world that protects our natural environment and enhances human health and well-being for present and future generations.
  • In partnership with the UN World Food Programme, Universities Fighting World Hunger will be the catalyst mobilizing universities across the nation and around the globe to make fighting hunger a core value of higher education institutions worldwide.