A university research agenda offers the opportunity to generate knowledge that can uncover solutions to some of our greatest global challenges. The Hunger Solutions Institute is committed to keeping food and nutrition security at the top of the research agenda at Auburn University by supporting and collaborating with our talented Affiliated Faculty in all disciplines. HSI also creates multi-university research opportunities through PUSH at universities around the world.
A unique aspect of the Universities Fighting World Hunger model is its emphasis on educating students about hunger and ways to solve it as a foundation before they are encouraged to mobilize and act. Auburn University has developed one of the only Hunger Studies minors in the country. Students representing every discipline – from agriculture to marketing, from finance to design – are welcome to apply their major studies in cross-disciplinary classes that interactively study and discuss how to solve hunger. The course is also available for credit online, and an online Hunger Certificate is also available.
The Hunger Studies curriculum is also available online as an independent study format. Here students will examine hunger as a complex issue of sustainable human development. Topics include causes and consequences of U.S. and global hunger, as well as current responses and potential solutions. This course will help students develop a skill set for global citizenship that includes opportunities for advocacy, leadership and critical problem solving. Students will also learn to apply critical thinking skills in addressing hunger as a multi-disciplinary, complex social issue. The certificate includes six units of study, and upon successful completion students will receive a Hunger Awareness Certificate from Auburn University’s Office of Professional and Continuing Education.
A university research agenda offers the opportunity to generate knowledge that can uncover solutions to some of our greatest global challenges. For many universities food security, nutrition and hunger issues have risen to the top of the agenda. Additionally, universities have faculty and students from a variety of disciplines trained in research techniques and skills to help frontline practitioners in vetting innovations that can be shared as best practices. As part of the College of Human Sciences, HSI is able to tap into a rich base of existing and emerging human sustainability and nutrition research, as well as benefit from proximity to its newly formed Center for Health Ecology Research.
Through PUSH the Hunger Solutions Institute has also worked with a number of international organizations, such as the International Food Research Policy Institute (IFPRI), the International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) and the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to convene researchers and share best practices with practitioners on the front lines of hunger.