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Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit, 2021

March 25 – 26, 2021
Register by March 12, 2021 for this free event.

The University of California is hosting a free online summit in March focused on the role that college students can play in ending world hunger and the related challenges posed by climate change.

The 2021 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit is co-hosted by UC’s Global Food Initiative, the UC Davis World Food Center, UC’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and its Nutrition Policy Institute, in partnership with the Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University. The summit’s theme is One Health, One Planet, and it will be held March 25 and 26, 2021. There is no charge to attend, but participants must register by March 12, 2021.

With a focus on involving students in sustainable solutions to end world hunger, the virtual summit will feature experts from across the United States speaking on topics related to human health, the health of the planet, and their inherent connectivity.

The goal of the summit is to bring together current and future leaders who are committed to building a world without hunger. Students, administrators, faculty, staff and community partners have opportunities to network and share ideas that lead to actions and impact at the campus, community and global levels.

UC Davis Chancellor Gary S. May and UC President Michael Drake will both give remarks. In addition, keynote speakers include:

  • William Dietz, director of Sumner M. Redstone Global Center for Prevention and Wellness at George Washington University
  • Dr. Rattan Lal, winner of the 2020 World Food Prize for developing and mainstreaming a soil-centric approach to increasing food production that restores and conserves natural resources and mitigates climate change
  • Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University’s Earth Institute

Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) is a global higher education movement focused on educating, mobilizing and organizing students, faculty and administrators in the war against hunger. In 2004, Auburn University accepted an invitation to partner with the United Nations World Food Programme in the fight against hunger, one of the world’s most pressing global issues. Inspired by this partnership, UFWH was launched in 2006. This coalition is now led by the Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University and has expanded to nearly 300 campuses worldwide.