Within Reach: Zero Hunger Conference

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

MU STUDENTS AND FACULTY: Use code 2021MUWITHINREACH for free attendance.

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

Student opportunities include: 

Dial-In Information

Upon registering, attendees will receive access to the conference platform available here

Monday, April 12 at 8:30am to 6:00pm

Virtual Event
Event Type

Workshops, Conferences, Students, Academic, Panels/Forums, Prospective students, Staff

Departmental Categories

Biological Sciences, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Total Rewards, Mizzou, Open Educational Resources


Provost, Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development





Contact Name

Holly Enowski

Contact Email


Speaker(s) Information

Keynote Speakers include:

  • Vimlendra Sharan, Director of FAO North America
  • Catherine Bertini, Former Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program (2020 Nobel Peace Prize)
  • Roger Thurow, accomplished author and journalist
  • Rob Bertram, USAID's Bureau for Resilience and Food Security Chief Scientist 
  • Dan Glickman, Former USDA Secretary of Agriculture 
  • Ertharin Cousin, Former US Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies on Food and Agriculture 

Other panelists and sessions will discuss topics including:

  • Entrepreneurship and Agriculture Tech
  • Innovation in Science
  • Bold Ideation
  • Women in Food Security Leadership
  • Higher Education for Impact
  • The Changing Approach to Hunger
  • Community Success Stories
  • Public Health and Nutrition
  • Policy Changes Needed Now
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