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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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  • Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear

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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

With climate change and population growth putting increasing pressure on finite water resources, FAO is urging countries to step up efforts to increase water efficiency and provide access to safe water for all, as it marks World Water Day.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 11:00 pm
Chefs play an important role in inspiring people around the world to support sustainable food production, adopt healthy diets and avoid food waste. That was the central message of an event today hosted by FAO, UNESCO and the Government of France during "Goût de France" week currently being held in Paris.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 11:00 pm
FAO marked International Day of Forests today by announcing two new forest education initiatives aimed at raising awareness among children and young people on the sustainable use and conservation of forests. The two projects, funded by Germany with over $2 million, will address major challenges in forestry education and will help increase understanding of forests among the general public.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 10:00 am
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Government of Iceland today agreed to work closely together on programmes supporting the long-term conservation of living marine ecosystems and to unlock the potential of the world’s marine and freshwater ecosystems.
Posted: March 21, 2019, 9:00 am

WFP | United Nations World Food Programme - Fighting Hunger Worldwide

The World Food Programme stepped up distributions in and around Beira on Wednesday, with more airdrops of high-energy biscuits (HEBs) to isolated pockets of people stranded by the floodwaters and the delivery of easy-to-prepare fortified food to displaced families sheltering in schools and other public buildings in the town of Dondo, 45 kilometers north east of the port city. An MI-8 transport helicopter contracted by the WFP-run United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) arrived in Beira on Wednesday to support rescue and relief operations – the first of three due there this week.
Author: WFP
Posted: March 20, 2019, 4:50 pm
In more than 50 countries, WFP’s Food Assistance for Assets (FFA) programme works with people in fragile and degraded landscapes to address their immediate food needs while also promoting the building or rehabilitation of assets—from water ponds to community gardens to roads—to improve their resilience and access to food. In Niger, FFA activities are helping communities to break the cycle of food insecurity and move towards a better future.
Author: WFP
Posted: March 19, 2019, 3:23 pm
The World Food Programme is rushing food and other assistance to large numbers of desperate people stranded by rapidly rising flood waters in Mozambique – a major humanitarian emergency that is getting bigger by the hour. A WFP staff member who flew over the area that has been inundated spoke of “inland oceans extending for miles and miles in all directions”. Assessing the extent of the damage and needs remains a huge challenge and WFP is using drones and satellite mapping to conduct assessments so that people in need can be identified and reached.
Author: WFP
Posted: March 18, 2019, 11:00 pm
Eight years of war in Syria have pushed millions of Syrians into hunger and poverty. The conflict has also displaced millions both inside and outside Syria. While many are returning to their homes, many others remain displaced and need support. Syrians returning to their country and communities need support – and they need to work. WFP is helping Syrians produce their own food and generate an income in areas that are secure and where commerce is functioning. Despite an improvement in the situation, continued food assistance is vital for millions of families as well as for stability and security in Syria.
Author: WFP
Posted: March 13, 2019, 11:00 pm