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HungerU Kicks Off Spring 2013 Tour for West Coast Universities

The Farmers Feeding the World initiative has launched its Spring 2013 HungerU Tour, targeting cause-oriented college students at nine major West Coast universities. The tour encourages students to join farmers in addressing the world's hunger crisis. By building awareness of global food issues and the critical role that modern agriculture plays in putting food on our tables, HungerU will engage students in the ongoing hunger crisis and empower them to take action in their communities.

"Without a doubt, ending hunger is one of the greatest challenges facing this generation," said Brian Hogue , Director of Operations for the Farm Journal Foundation.
"The world's population is expected to grow by an additional two billion people by 2050, and our farmland is already at capacity. The students on college campuses today will need to find answers to help ensure that everyone on the planet in 2050 has access to a proper diet."  Read more.

Learn more about the HungerU Tour.

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April 2013

April 29-30: G-8 International Conference on "Open Data in Agriculture" in Washington, D.C. The G-8 is inviting innovators to apply to present ideas that demonstrate how open data can be unleashed to increase food security.

May 7:Briefing on "International Agriculture and Food Security," hosted by Farmers Feeding the World and the Senate Hunger Caucus; Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.

May 21: Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Global Food Security Symposium; Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, D.C.

May 22: CropLife America National Policy Conference; Newseum, Washington, DC

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Budget Proposes Shift in Providing Food Aid to Needy Nations

The Obama administration has proposed the first major change in three decades to the way the United States supplies food aid to impoverished nations, significantly scaling back the program that buys commodities from U.S. farmers and ships them to the needy overseas. Under a proposal in the White House budget, nearly half of $1.4 billion in requested funds for the aid could instead be spent to purchase local bulk food in countries in need or to distribute individual vouchers for local purchases. Read More.

Stakeholders Reach Agreement on Farm Worker Program

A group of senators, labor unions and farm groups say they have reached an agreement on a framework for a farm worker program as part of a larger immigration reform plan. The agreement deals with wages and visa caps, and four senators — Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Marco Rubio, R-Fla.; Michael Bennet, D-Colo.; and Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, have sounded off on it. Read More.

No 'Magic Wand' for Sahel as Food Shortages Loom Yet Again

Aid agencies are gearing up for a second year of emergency response in the African Sahel, where an estimated 10.3 million people could be affected by food shortages, according to the UN. Despite rains in 2012 leading to a good harvest in October-November, deficits incurred during last year's food crisis means the poorest families have not been able to replenish their stocks and pay off debts. Read More.

Ex-MF Global Broker Sentenced to Five Years for Trades

Former MF Global Inc. broker Evan Brent Dooley was sentenced to five years in prison for making unlawful, unauthorized trades that caused the now-defunct futures firm to lose more than $141 million in 2008. Read More.

Halle Berry, Michael Kors Launch "Watch Hunger Stop" Campaign

Halle Berry says she's a woman of compassion, and Michael Kors says he's a man of action. Together, they want to make a dent in the battle against hunger around the world. The actress and fashion designer announced a philanthropic campaign called "Watch Hunger Stop" that includes raising money through the sale of a version of Kors' best-selling Runway watch. For each $295 watch sold, 100 meals will be provided to children through the U.N. World Food Programme. Read More.

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As HungerU tours universities on the West Coast, we've met some great young people along the way.

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Some students from the University of Arizona learned about world hunger and won some cool swag!

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San Diego State had some great opinions about the hunger crisis.

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Not even rain could stop Cal State Fullerton students from learning about world hunger.

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