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Division of Family & Consumer Sciences

NIFA’s Family & Consumer Sciences programs provide resources that advance community vitality and family well-being in partnership with the Land-Grant University System and Cooperative Extension System. The objectives of this work are to contribute to advancing the socio-economic potential of communities, and the empowerment of people to achieve optimal well-being.

Family & Consumer Sciences strengthen families, farms, communities, and the economy by focusing on the human dimensions of food and agriculture. This is accomplished through scientific research and its application; strategic partnerships; extension education; and supporting ongoing efforts to promote FCS educator preparation.

Program Areas

Family & Consumer Sciences Research & Evaluation addresses program planning, design, monitoring, assessments, and impacts-focused reporting of research, education and extension projects.

Family & Consumer Sciences Education seeks to address FCS educator shortages, and support strategic efforts to increase the number of professionals prepared to enter into FCS educator roles.

For Director and National Program Leader (NPL) contacts by Institute and Division, please visit the NIFA Institutes page.
For NPL contacts by Program, please visit the NIFA National Program Leaders page.

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