End hunger, achieve food security & improved nutrition & promote sustainable agriculture is the purpose of Sustainable Development Goal 2 (SDG 2). This goal strives to ensure access to nutritious foods, support productive & resilient farms, & preserve & promote biodiversity.

Actions, stories, & resources related to SDG 2: Zero Hunger as told in the 2021 Auburn University and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals report, & then expanded on below, illustrate Auburn’s impact. For an overview highlighting our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), please visit


Zero hunger means eradicating not only starvation, but food insecurity and malnourishment. The UN also includes sustainable agriculture as a priority for achieving zero hunger by 2030. In addition to the challenge of feeding 800 million hungry people worldwide, the challenge of feeding a global population of 9 billion by 2050 makes Goal 2 an urgent matter.

Auburn University is highly engaged with Goal 2, mostly through research. From 2016 to 2018, researchers at Auburn University engaged in no less than 16 research projects oriented toward eradicating hunger. Adequate food is critical to maintaining a sound mind, a sound body, and a spirit that is not afraid. Having a variety of nutritious food to eat is a basic physiological need that must be met to actualize a quality life for all people, the central mission of Auburn University.

View the 2021 report titled Auburn University and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for an overview of Auburn’s contributions to all the SDGs.

Actions at Auburn

The College of Human Sciences has developed one of the only Hunger Studies minors in the country. Students representing every discipline apply their major studies in cross-disciplinary classes that interactively study and discuss how to solve hunger. Students examine hunger as a complex issue of sustainable human development. Topics include causes and consequences of U.S. and global hunger, as well as current responses and potential solutions. The minor helps students develop a skill set for global citizenship that includes opportunities for advocacy, leadership, and critical problem solving. Students also learn to apply critical thinking skills in addressing hunger as a multi-disciplinary, complex social issue.

students in hunger studies minor serving food: Photo courtesy of Hunger Solutions Institute
Hunger Solutions Institute poster session - SDG 2: Photo courtesy of Hunger Solutions Institute

A foundational principle of the College of Human Sciences’ Hunger Solutions Institute (HSI) is that hunger is a solvable problem, but only when the relevant knowledge from all academic disciplines is combined with strengths of all sectors. By creating multi-sector partnerships at the community, state, and global levels, HSI shares knowledge and best practices and leverages the power of collective action. HSI educates and mobilizes students to join in the fight against hunger, creates collaborative coalitions to address hunger, and convenes university leaders to prioritize food and nutrition security. HSI brings together experts and practitioners from all disciplines to collectively address hunger and malnutrition.

About 40 percent of food produced in the U.S. is wasted at different stages of the farm-to-fork continuum, amounting to 133 billion pounds annually. This immense food waste occurs while millions of people go hungry. The College of Agriculture’s Amit Morey researches innovative ways to reduce food waste and capture food being wasted to improve food security of people in the United States. Morey’s development of “functional ice,” a product for storage and transportation, will increase food safety while reducing waste for the poultry and seafood industries. Morey’s research could be a game-changer in the fight to minimize food waste and ensure food security.

Image of ice in gloves: Photo courtesy of Paul Hollis

People & Stories

Community Garden Water Sustainability Initiative

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By Marley Halter. Early this year, the Community Garden at Auburn University (CGAU) Advisory Committee developed a 2021 Water Savings Program. As part of the program, irrigation timers were phased out of use, and garden staff planned to raise awareness of the problem of water waste, and to hold classes…

When It Rains, It Pours: Sustainability Picnic 2021

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By Molly Kilpatrick. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes it just rains. The Sustainability Picnic was canceled this year due to heavy afternoon rain on Wednesday, August 25, 2021. The annual Welcome Week picnic brings together Auburn students, employees, and community members for a gathering of all things sustainability with free food,…

Community-University Partnerships: Lessons from the Field

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By Sean A. Forbes and Carey E. Andrzejewski. Auburn University’s classification as a Carnegie Community Engaged university speaks to the institution’s recognition of the value of partnerships in fulfilling its land-grant mission of bettering the lives of those in Alabama and beyond. The Carnegie Foundation articulates that “the purpose of community…

We are Partners in the Business of Preserving Life

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“A successful development agenda requires inclusive partnerships — at the global, regional, national, and local levels — built upon principles and values, and upon a shared vision and shared goals placing people and the planet at the centre.” ~ Sustainable Development Goal 17 The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a…

Director’s Corner: Innovate, Or Else

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"The Stone Age did not end because humans ran out of stones. It ended because it was time for a re-think about how we live." ~William McDonough Photo credit: Haiku Deck This month in our exploration of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, created by 193 countries under the auspices of…

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