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Leaders gather to discuss world hunger

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By: Dorothy Sherman

AUBURN, AL - Hunger, it's a problem that happens all around the world, including the U.S.  Solving it is the discussion on the plate at the 9th Annual Universities Fighting World Hunger Pre-Summit and Summit.

It's a panel of university presidents, forums, and top leaders with one discussion in mind, fighting world hunger.

"What the pre-summit is about, is how can we be more effective by having a common agenda bringing university presidents to give leadership to ensuring that we're going to make subsidy changes in the years ahead," Dean of Auburn University's College of Human Sciences and Executive Director of the Hunger Solutions Institute, June Henton said.

Universities Fighting World Hunger is a network of 300 universities from around the world, and was started at Auburn University.  Their goal?  Fighting food insecurity and malnutrition occurring not just around the world, but right on our own turf. Something often invisible to many.

"More than 800 and 40 million people are chronically hungry around the world. About 50 million people in the United States," Henton said.

Universities impact on fighting world hunger is not just a collective effort, but motivation geared toward each individual student.  The results can be great and something like the Lucky Iron Fish.  A simple idea created by one student and used to combat iron deficiencies in Cambodia.

"If you use this everyday in your cooking pot, very simple idea, the iron leeches out into the food and you actually create food that has enough iron in it," President of the University of Guelph, Alastair Summerlee said.

The summit and pre-summit raises awareness of world hunger.  Global Food Security Advisor, David Lambert said raising awareness is the first big step in changing political will and getting needed resources.

"If you can't change the politician's mind you're not going to get the resources to solve the problem.  So, what we're trying to do here is raise awareness to change political will," Lambert said.

The pre-summit ended Friday afternoon as the actual summit began.

For more on Universities Fighting World Hunger: http://wp.auburn.edu/ufwh2/.

For more on the Lucky Iron Fish: http://luckyironfish.com/.

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