Students getting involved: Global Food Security Club established

December 2012

David Chen, Emilie Gagnier-Marandola, Katheryn Kästner, Daniel Sutherland, Sonia Eisenfisz, Frédéric Rivard, Jiawen Zhou, Julien Malard, and Hugo Martorell.

Global food security is an issue that affects all of us. In recent years, the FAES has been taking steps to educate, research and help mitigate this global problem.

Now, under the supervision of Professor Hugo Melgar-Quiñonez, Director of the Institute for Global Food Security, students are taking the initiative and getting involved. January 2013 will see the launch of the new McGill Global Food Security Club.

“McGill University students of all disciplines represent the next generation of professionals called to continue the fight against food insecurity and hunger as one of the most challenging problems confronted by the human society,” says Melgar-Quiñonez. “Initiatives such as the Global Food Security Club represent one venue of getting students directly involved, while they acquire during their training at McGill the tools needed to meet such historical challenge.”

The Club’s objectives are to investigate and raise awareness about food security issues at all levels of the food system (both local and global perspectives), including the economic, social, and environmental aspects, through the organization of projects and events; to support, share information, and collaborate with other student organizations in order to develop a network between Mac and downtown McGill, other universities, local NGOs, international NGOs, and the general public, possibly leading to internship opportunities, and to identify a local issue as well as an issue abroad before each semester, and put together two action-oriented projects addressing those issues throughout that semester.

“The McGill Food Security Club is important because although feeding the world is a huge issue we have to start tackling it from our own schools and communities,” says David Chen, president of the new Club.

“[Food security] is an issue that affects economists, political scientists, biologists, doctors, and so many other professions. It is about time that McGill had its own student-run food security club,” adds founding member Sonia Eisenfisz.

The Club already has a Facebook page and plans to hold its launching activity, a McGill Global Food Security Club Launching Potluck, on January 16th. Other planned activities include a global food security case study competition for undergraduate students, guest speakers and debates on Global Food Security and partnering with local and international food security and development agencies.

“As Mahatma Ghandi once said, be the change you want to see in the world.  I would love a world where everyone is given equal opportunity, and this starts by equal access to healthy and nutritious food,” says Émilie Gagnier-Marandola , the Club’s VP international projects.

Join in. Follow the Club’s activities on Facebook, or contact them at mcgillGFS@gmail.com

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