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UPDATED MEDIA ADVISORY: World Hunger Summit Brings International Leaders, Students Together

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Jeff Sossamon,, 573-882-3346

By RoseAnn Sorce

WHAT : The University of Missouri will host the 11th annual Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) summit. Sponsored in part by The Brady and Anne Deaton Institute, the MU Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security, and Mizzou Advantage, this year’s summit, “From Poverty to Promise” will bring together leaders from universities across the country to address domestic and international food security and hunger issues.

UFWH is an academic and student partnership between Mizzou, Auburn University the UN World Food Programme and other universities across the country and around the world. Since its founding, UFHW has expanded to almost 300 campuses, all committed to stimulating student awareness about hunger. Summits are held annually at different campuses and provide a venue for students to network, learn and create innovative solutions that address global hunger and other sustainability issues.

This year’s summit will feature panels, interactive sessions, breakout workshops and renowned keynote speakers.

WHO : Speakers include:

Catherine Bertini, professor of public administration and international affairs, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs of Syracuse. Bertini is co-chair of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Global Agricultural Development Initiative and Chair of the Council’s Girls in Rural Economics Initiative. She received the 2003 World Food Prize.

Nina Furstenau is program director for food systems communication and teaches at MU Science and Agriculture Journalism program.

Roger Thurow is senior fellow of global agriculture development at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. He joined the Council after three decades at The Wall Street Journal where he served as a foreign correspondent based in Europe and Africa. He is the author of three books, focusing on hunger in the 21st Century: “ENOUGH: Why the World’s Poorest Starve in an Age of Plenty (with Scott Kilman);” “The Last Hunger Season;” and, coming this May, “The First 1,000 Days.”

Nick Droege is a social entrepreneur, growth strategist and corporate innovator from the University of Missouri. Working with university administration, Droege launched Tiger Pantry, a food pantry for those affiliated with the university, including students, faculty and staff.

For a full schedule of events, please visit:


Feb. 26-27

Various locations, MU campus

NOTE : To register for the summit, please visit: