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MSU gets up to $25 million for food system effort

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EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University is expected to get up to $25 million over five years to help improve agricultural production and reduce poverty around the world.

The funding being announced Thursday is from the U.S. Agency for International Development. A focus will be areas facing rapid urbanization, population growth and skills gaps.

The East Lansing school says finding solutions to problems that affect global food production will be the focus of its new Global Center for Food Systems Innovation. The center is part of USAID's Higher Education Solutions Network, a partnership with universities in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Other participating institutions include Sokoine University of Agriculture in Tanzania; Wageningen University and Research Centre in The Netherlands; and The Energy and Resources Institute in India.

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