5th annual University Hunger Summit on Feb. 26–28

Please accept this as your official invitation for students, faculty, and administrators from your respective institutions to attend the 5th Annual University Hunger Summit scheduled for February 26-28, 2010 on the campus of Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. With the number of hungry people dramatically increasing worldwide, never has the challenge to address both short-term and long-term solutions to ending hunger been greater. In response, President Obama has pledged to end child hunger in America by 2015 and recently dedicated $3.2 billion to agricultural development in an effort to assist in the fight against global hunger. You don’t want to miss this opportunity to learn more about these efforts and to be actively involved in Universities Fighting World Hunger, a dynamic partnership with the UN World Food Programme.

We understand that participating units will be at different stages of involvement in the “War on Hunger” effort. Therefore, please do not hesitate to register, regardless of whether your campaign is just beginning or if your initiative is well underway. The most important thing is that we all come together to learn from each other.

Participants: We recommend that a combination of students, faculty, and/or university administrators from each university attend the Summit. Other attendees will include NGO, government, and corporate representatives.

Brief Program Preview:

Headlining the Summit will be renowned Wall Street Journal reporter Roger Thurow, lead author of Enough: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty and Ann Tutwiler, Senior Advisor, International Programs, USDA. A series of speakers, panels, graduate student research posters (call for abstracts attached), student exhibits, and one-on-one interactions will be used to inform and inspire Summit participants to join the fight against domestic and world hunger.  In addition, the 2nd Annual Clinton Student Hunger Leadership Award will be presented by North Carolina State University and NGO Stop Hunger Now. Onsite registration will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 26, 2010, and the first session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Friday.