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Opinion: Universities Fighting World Hunger

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

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Admittedly, world hunger is not a topic on too many university students’ minds this time of year. Right now, final papers, exams and the upcoming holiday break tend to be at the forefront.But world hunger is something that should be on all of our minds all of the time. Nearly a billion people in the world are malnourished, about one-sixth of our entire population. Hunger kills more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

It’s hard to get one’s head around these facts, especially in a world where we produce more than enough food to feed everyone. As students, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of the problem — where to even start trying to help? What can one person do to make a difference?

But students can make a difference, as individuals and collectively. I’m inviting students from all over the world to gather in Guelph, Ontario, Canada in the new year to talk about ways we can work together to end the war on hunger.

The University of Guelph is hosting the sixth annual Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit Feb. 25 to 27 2011. My hope is that this serves as a call to action.

People from all over the world and from all walks of life will be gathering in Guelph. This year’s theme is, appropriately, “Hunger Has No Boundaries.” The goal is to mobilize universities to make fighting world hunger a core value of higher education around the world. Those in attendance will include university students, faculty and presidents, government and aid workers, politicians and social activists, and corporate leaders and celebrities.The summit will be kicked off by a special president’s dialogue and panel discussions on the role of NGOs, government, academics, corporations, media and others in combating hunger and achieving the number one Millennium Development Goal of halving world hunger by 2015.

I invite all of you to join us in Guelph for this special international event. Early bird registration for students is $60, including the conference and all meals. The early bird cost for general participants is $150.Details and registration are available online at www.uoguelph.ca/worldhunger. Please join us in the fight against world hunger. Get involved in this exciting summit and play a role in helping make hunger an issue of the past.

Gavin Armstrong is one of the co-ordinators for the upcoming Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit

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