Global Animal Health and Food Safety

Office of the Endowed Chair, Global Animal Health and Food Safety

CAHFS director, Andres Perez

The Endowed Chair in Global Animal Health and Food Safety (GAHFS) was established by the generosity of Cargill to help the University of Minnesota Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) engage individuals and organizations in innovative, responsible, and effective solutions to animal health and food safety challenges at local and national levels around the globe.

Thanks to the endowed chair, CAHFS has been able to conduct research and build partnerships that are crucial in promoting worldwide trade, animal health, and human health.

Andres Perez, DVM, PhD, professor in the department of Veterinary Population Medicine and expert in the field of veterinary spatial epidemiology and modeling, was named the endowed chair in 2015. Under Perez’s direction, CAHFS has helped countries build capacity for sustaining long-term solutions. “We develop strategies that are not aid-based,” says Perez. “We are trying to help these countries to learn how to fish in their own waters.”

GAHFS seeks to identify workforce development gaps by engaging cross-sectoral partners from government and academia through policy development while building new frameworks and tools designed to improve trade and economic outcomes. An essential element of all GAHFS’ programs is establishing evaluative criteria from the beginning to ensure that targeted impacts are actualized. A strong and engaged partner network is crucial to support the policy continuum.