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  • Advancing Hunger Knowledge

    Uncovering Innovations
    The Hunger Solutions Institute seeks to identify promising technologies, research, and innovations that have potential to be tested, implemented, and scaled through one of the Institute’s implementing partners. This includes research and related work done by faculty as well as students. The Power for Life project, which brings a proven innovative power and heat generation technology to developing countries, is one example. Another is a student high nutrition product made out of purple hull peas, which is currently in development.

    Programs and Practices
    Faculty and students at Auburn University, under the auspices of the HSI, are currently undertaking a qualitative research project, systematically analyzing a decade of documentation about the World Food Programme’s emergency response. This will result in independently evaluated data that WFP will use to quantify lessons learned and deploy these best practices to improve future emergency responses.

    Sharing Knowledge
    The HSI is currently working on a Hunger Knowledge Portal that will be a universally accessed repository for resources, information, best practices, and information to help academics, practitioners, and students advance knowledge in the fight against hunger.

    Providing Fellows and Internships
    The HSI facilitates student internships at partner organizations, such as WFP and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to help students pursue a career in development and humanitarian work. A graduate level fellowship program, involving opportunities with the UN agencies, will be launched in 2013.

    Promoting Teaching, Research, and Outreach
    Through the College of Human Sciences, the HSI offers one of the nation’s only undergraduate minors in hunger studies. The multi-disciplinary curriculum encourages students to examine hunger as a complex issue of sustainable human development while fostering competencies in the areas of leadership, advocacy, and global citizenship. The introductory hunger studies course, Hunger: Causes, Consequences, and Responses, is delivered via distance education as well as on campus. In addition, a Hunger Awareness Certificate is available in an independent study format through the Auburn University Office of Professional and Continuing Education.

    As part of its mission, the HSI is bringing together faculty from a diverse array of disciplines and academic institutions to conduct research and advance innovation in the creation of dynamic 21st century sustainable solutions to ending hunger. These projects are designed to address the root causes of hunger and food insecurity with a current focus on issues related to enhanced technologies, empowerment of women, access to education, and community development.

    Increasingly, universities are being called upon to use their many talents to address the global challenges that affect the health and well-being of individuals, families, and communities both domestically and globally. The HSI’s service mandate is one of full engagement with both the public and private sectors. Ending Child Hunger in Alabama, a seven-year campaign launched by the HSI in fall 2012, is a prime example of how the Hunger Solutions Institute is creating multi-stakeholder partnerships and networks that can work toward mutual advantage and strengthen the expertise needed for long-term resolution to hunger and food insecurity.

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Global Food For Thought

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, founded in 1922, is an independent, non-partisan organization committed to educating the public—and influencing the public discourse—on global issues of the day. The Council provides a forum in Chicago for world leaders, policymakers, and other experts to speak to its members and the public on these issues. Long known for its public opinion surveys of American views on foreign policy, The Chicago Council also brings together stakeholders to examine issues and offer policy insight into areas such as global agriculture, the global economy, global energy, global cities, global security, and global immigration.

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News from the UN Food and Agriculture Organization

Farmers have a vital role to play in stemming the spread of antimicrobial resistance among disease-causing pathogens, and can make a significant contribution simply by adopting good hygiene practices during their day-to-day farm operations.
Posted: November 13, 2018, 11:00 pm
FAO, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), and World Health Organization (WHO) have expanded their partnership to counter antimicrobial resistance through the addition of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The move is intended to attack AMR in a more holistic way.
Posted: November 11, 2018, 11:00 pm
70 panelists and more than 150 attendees from 40 countries reviewed evidence and discussed strategies at a high-level expert seminar held to explore ways to build on traditional knowledge to achieve Zero Hunger, organized by FAO and UNESCO
Posted: November 9, 2018, 5:00 pm
The brief, Preventing nutrient loss and waste across the food system: Policy actions for high-quality diets, points out that poor-quality diets are now a greater public health threat than malaria, tuberculosis or measles. Meanwhile, approximately one third of all the food produced for human consumption never reaches the consumer's plate or bowl.
Posted: November 6, 2018, 11:00 pm

WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

Yemen is the largest hunger crisis in the world. Millions of people are living on the edge of famine and the situation is getting worse by the day. WFP is providing massive levels of food assistance to those most in need and is putting plans in place to reach up to 14 million people a month (mostly with food but, where possible, via cash-based transfers).  The food security crisis is man-made. It is the result of conflict, economic collapse, rising prices, and problems of supply and distribution. Many food items are beyond the reach of most Yemenis. Intense fighting in and around the port city of Hodeidah has caused major delays to the arrival of humanitarian and commercial cargo. As a result, the price of food in shops has shot up beyond the reach of many people. WFP is grateful for the support of donors but, as the situation gets worse, it has become apparent that our funding needs are set to rise.
Author: WFP
Posted: November 12, 2018, 9:54 am
Obesity grows by 3.6 million people every year in the region, while hunger has increased in three countries since 2014, according to a new report from FAO, PAHO, UNICEF and WFP.
Author: WFP
Posted: November 7, 2018, 4:17 pm
HANGZHOU – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and Alibaba Group (Alibaba), the world’s largest e-commerce company by transaction value, have entered into a strategic partnership to support efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 – a world with zero hunger. 
Author: WFP
Posted: November 5, 2018, 8:31 am
World’s biggest region at serious risk of missing 2030 targets to end all forms of malnutrition—from hunger to obesity
Author: WFP
Posted: November 2, 2018, 8:18 am