Within Reach Zero Hunger Conference

Within Reach Zero Hunger, University of Missouri

The Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development at the University of Missouri, alongside national and international partners, is excited to host the inaugural Within Reach conference, with the theme of Zero Hunger, hosted April 12-15, 2021 on a computer screen near you. 

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.

 Keynote speakers 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 

Because of the generous support of The Ohio State University, all Ohio State University students, staff, and faculty have the opportunity to attend the entire conference free of charge. Register to attend here using 2021WR-OHIOSTATE at checkout. 200 students registered by April 1 will receive a mailed conference swag bag with sustainable chocolate, a reusable straw, and more conference items. 

 In addition, opportunities include:

  • Professional written feedback on your resume

  • Networking and breakout opportunities with entry- and mid-level professionals

  • *A university student pitch competition for any social enterprise, program, or nonprofit concepts moving the needle toward eliminating hunger; finalists will pitch live to a panel of judges

  • *High school and university student research flash talks to share any completed or ongoing research focused on some aspect of food insecurity. Selected researchers will upload 3 minute presentations to the conference platform

  • *All educators, students, and activists are invited to join as social media ambassadors, promoting the program and our speakers April 12-15

 Applications for the above opportunities have a priority deadline of April 4 and applications can be found at https://deaton-institute.missouri.edu/withinreach/

Please direct any questions to Holly Enowski with the Deaton Institute at henowski@mail.missouri.edu