Nebraska community invited to conference on zero hunger

Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Nebraska community invited to conference on zero hunger

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is proud to join the Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development at the University of Missouri, alongside national and international partners, to participate in the inaugural "Within Reach" conference, with the theme of Zero Hunger, hosted virtually on April 12-15, 2021. Nebraska continues to use the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals as a lens through which we can analyze and mobilize our work towards grand global challenges. This opportunity provides an exciting way to articulate how the campus community is addressing SDG number two: Zero Hunger

With renowned World Food Prize Laureates, international food security powerhouses, and many scientists, business executives, engineers and others, this conference will inspire, empower, and challenge students and educators to take action against hunger in a world plagued by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, virtual education, and economic hardship.

A panel of four outstanding international young Nebraska researchers from four countries will be featured as a side-event during the conference, with a discussion on how their broad range of work impacts food and nutrition security as well as sustainable agriculture more broadly. Panelists will include: 

  • Jaspreet Sandhu, PhD student, plant breeding and genetics, Department of Agronomy & Horticulture
  • Eugene Baraka, senior integrated science major (undergraduate), College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources
  • Niloofar Moghadam Maragheh, PhD student, Department of Food Science and Technology
  • Rodrigo Mendoza Jimenez, postdoctoral research associate & 2020 doctoral graduate, Department of Food Science & Technology

We invite anyone in the UNL to participate in the conference more broadly. UNL faculty, staff and students are able to join for free using code "2021WR-UNLINCOLN."

Keynote speakers for the conference include:
-Vimlendra Sharan, Director of FAO North America
-Catherine Bertini, former Executive Director of World Food Program
-Roger Thurow, acclaimed journalist and author
-Rob Bertram, USAID Chief Scientist
-Dan Glickman, former USDA Secretary
-Ertharin Cousin, former US Ambassador to the UN Missions of Food and Agriculture

Students can also get professional written feedback on your resume, plus numerous networking and breakout opportunities with entry- and mid-level professionals. 

For more information contact Brianne Wolf at