Solving Hunger through Collective Action
The Hunger Solutions Institute (HSI) seeks to share knowledge and best practices in the fight against hunger and malnutrition by creating multi-sector partnerships at the community, state and global levels. A foundational principle of the HSI is that hunger is a solvable problem, but only when the relevant knowledge from all academic disciplines is combined with the abilities and strengths of all sectors.
Established in 2012 in conjunction with the College of Human Sciences and the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station at Auburn University, the HSI builds upon Auburn’s decade of leadership in educating and mobilizing students through Universities Fighting World Hunger, a grassroots network that has been active on hundreds of campuses and holds an international Summit each year.
Find out more about our initiatives, including End Child Hunger in Alabama, a state-wide multi-sector coalition convened by the HSI, designed to serve as a replicable model, and the Presidents’ Commitment to Food and Nutrition Security, a consortium of higher education leaders united in making food security a priority at their respective institutions.
How We Work
As a convener, collaborator and multiplier, HSI works in four unique ways:
- Emphasizes Human Sustainability – Founded within the disciplines of the human sciences, the HSI is human-centric, recognizing that the health and well-being of people is truly the foundation for long-term sustainability.
- Connects Knowledge with Practice – HSI is dedicated to aggregating and disseminating the latest knowledge, research and best practices to those addressing hunger locally and globally.
- Empowers Communities – Although solutions are pursued at every level, the HSI emphasizes those from the frontlines of hunger which can be community owned, operated and sustained.
- Creates multi-sector partnerships – HSI’s research and outreach strategy is to create knowledge coalitions, representing all academic disciplines, and to connect them with partners from the public and private sectors in the battle against hunger.