PUSH Leaders Forum 2017
Welcoming New Signatories
Adekunte Ajasin University, Nigeria | Baldwin Wallace University | Baylor University | Lancaster University, England |
University College of London | University of Dayton | University of Missouri-Kansas City | University of Science, Malaysia
There are many ways to help feed hungry people. Few hunger fighting tactics, however, combine the passion of students, university administrations, innovation and sustainability. On college campuses alone, over 22,000,000 pounds of food are wasted each year – yet 1 in 9 people go to bed hungry each night. Fortunately, there are many universities relocating their perfectly good, unserved food and repacking it to give to food insecure students and community members.
Some of these universities partner with organizations like The Campus Kitchens Project and Food Recovery Network, while others encourage their dining facility employees to use resources, such as the Trash Hunger, Not Food guide to create solutions to their own food waste problems. University representatives at the forum were able to learn and share about their food waste elimination initiatives.
Open data is an online resource that makes mass quantities of information available to the public- legally and without limit. This data can come from many sources, and can present information on various topics. In the past several years, relief organizations, policy makers, agricultural institutions, and front-line hunger and nutrition fighters have begun to utilize this data to make more informed decisions. Open data has proven to be extremely useful in regard to global agriculture and nutrition information. For example, open satellite data allows the International Livestock Research Institute, based in East Africa, to predict and monitor droughts. This ensures that pastoral families in the region will be prepared for droughts – which helps their economy and saves them thousands of dollars in the long run.
Considering all of the technology and research that is developed, universities are essential in the collection and distribution of open data. PUSH encourages higher education institutions to share all information possible in order to increase a global understanding of advanced agriculture and nutrition data.
We were proud to gather presidents from around the world, as well as business, foundation, and international organization leaders in an interactive strategic forum to discuss:
- How to identify, measure, and solve student hunger
- How to join the movement, initiated by The Rockefeller Foundation, to cut global food loss and waste by half by 2023
- How to leverage open data to create new partnerships and accelerate the goal of zero hunger campuses, communities, and nations
- How universities can join with Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) to be leaders in the open data revolution
A tool that came out of this forum was the Trash Hunger, Not Food toolkit, which was created by a partnership of Universities Fighting World Hunger and The Campus Kitchens Project with the support of The Rockefeller Foundation. This toolkit contains a mountain of ideas and information that you can use to combat food waste on your campus, your personal life, and in your community. You can help us spread the word about reducing food waste on campuses by directing students or work associates to our toolkit at www.campusfoodwaste.org and also sharing the videos and social media materials that can be found there.
Represented Schools and Organizations
Baldwin Wallace University
Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition Foundation
Bowling Green State University
Campus Kitchens Project
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Dakota Wesleyan University
Hunger Solutions Institute
Iowa State University
Michigan State University
New York University
Sr. Fellow for Food Security
Summit Food Coalition
SUNY Buffalo State
The Ohio State University
UN Food and Agriculture Organization
University of California, Irvine
University of California, Nutrition Policy Institute
University of California, San Diego
University of Caliornia, Los Angeles
University of Dayton
University of Kentucky
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
University of Michigan
University of Nevada, Reno
USAID Bureau for Food Security