About the virtual 2021 Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit
The World Food Center will co-host the virtual student summit 2021 of Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) alongside the University of California Global Food Initiative and the Nutrition Policy Institute, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources in partnership with the Hunger Solutions Institute at Auburn University. The summit’s theme is One Health. One Planet., and it will take place on March 25 and 26, 2021.
The Summit 2021 will be the 16th held by UFWH, but is the first to be hosted by the University of California and on the west coast. With a focus on involving students, the virtual summit will consist of keynote speeches, presentations, and panel discussions from experts across the United States who will speak to a broad array of topics covering human health, the planet, and their inherent connectivity.
The goal of the summit is to bring together current and future leaders to see a world without hunger. Students, administrators, faculty, staff, and community partners will network and share ideas that lead to actions and impact at the campus, community, and global levels.
The theme One Health. One Planet. was conceived even before the pandemic, but the conversation could not come at a more crucial moment. The world continues to teeter on the precipice of a climate crisis, the risks of food insecurity has increased exponentially, and we will be marking a solemn anniversary from when the reality of the pandemic began, closing us off from each other and shutting down our economies in March 2020.
The year 2021 will be about resilience and resurgence, both planetary and human, and our hope is the conference will provide attendees with tools, information, and knowledge to collectively forge ahead as solutionists. Our presenters and panelists will speak to a broad array of topics covering human health, the planet, and their inherent connectivity. 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
Interactive sessions feature speakers and panelists discussing health equity, food security, innovations for addressing climate change, the power of student activism and advocacy locally and globally, the benefits of food hubs, and the interconnectivity of health and planet just to name a few.