Field report – students and universities are fighting world hunger

Blog post by Amanda Medlock, Social Media Intern, Universities Fighting World Hunger.

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Last weekend, leaders and students from across the globe gathered at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama to talk about hunger – its implications and solutions. The 9th Annual International Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit proved to be a weekend full of inspiration and critical thinking.

Photo by Amanda Medlock
Photo by Amanda Medlock

Every speaker was incredibly passionate, and the speeches had everyone in the auditorium ready to burst out and change the world. We heard directly from leaders of the United Nations, the Food and Agricultural Organization, and the World Food Program. WildHearts founder Mick Jackson and author Roger Thurow left a crowd of people ready to “get angry” and make change happen. Panels with Thought For Food and the Lucky Iron Fish Project had people thinking about their personal role in the war on hunger. The activity periods enabled hands-on experience with the Campus Kitchens Project, Stop Hunger Now, the HungerU Mobile Tour, and political advocacy. We even had the opportunity to hear from Congressman Bacchus, of Alabama, and talk to him about the political side of hunger. There wasn’t a dull moment.

One of my favorite parts of the weekend was the +SocialGood livestreaming – it connected people from all over the world and allowed them to join in the enthusiasm and innovative thinking encouraged by the forum. From Ohio to the Philippines, +SocialGood offered an important platform to share ideas and best practices. If you missed it, check it out here.

As a student from Auburn University, it was incredible to take part in a forum where I could hear different cultural perspectives and discuss tough questions. I spoke to students from Maine about small farmers’ issues and students from Texas about how they could get their community more involved. I also heard from leaders such as former child soldier Alfred Orono Orono who has been on the front lines in developing countries. It’s hard to believe all of this happened over the course of two days.

[Video from behind the scenes!]

After a weekend full of constantly blowing up Twitter and Instagram with #UFWH  quotes and statistics, what do I do now – live-tweet class?

 

This post does not reflect the views or opinion of the Zero Hunger Challenge, and does not imply endorsement by the United Nations.