$1 million to improve the sustainability and resilience of Hawaii’s food system

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A donation of $1 million to University of Hawaii-Where is Oʻahu The Sustainable Community Food Systems program will support undergraduate and public education, collaborative research, communication and planning activities to improve the long-term sustainability and resilience of Hawaii’s food system by creating a new Hawaii Institute for Sustainable Community Food Systems.

The WK Kellogg Foundation gift will also provide scholarship and professional development opportunities for Native Hawaiian and underrepresented students in higher education by providing eight $5,000 scholarships each semester to outstanding students enrolled in the Sustainable Community Food Systems Studies Program.

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uh Where is Oʻahu Sustainable Community Food Systems students restore a traditional Hawaiian fishpond.

“The Hawaii The Institute for Sustainable Community Food Systems is intended to be a center for decentralized food system transformation based on ROD disciplines and informed by community needs and Indigenous knowledge and practices,” said Albie MilesAssistant Professor of Sustainable Community Food Systems at uh Where is Oʻahu. “By coordinating strategic partnerships, new educational programs, applied research, planning and policy analysis, we aim to bring about lasting change in the health, equity, resilience and sustainability of our food system. “

the Hawaii The Institute for Sustainable Community Food Systems aims to bring together uh teachers, community leaders, indigenous scholars and practitioners, planners, government officials, members of the business community and producers to work more closely together to better understand and address Hawaii’s main challenges of the food system and contribute to the realization of the State’s commitment to the UN Sustainable development goals by 2030.

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Students in Sustainable Community Food Systems uh Where is Oʻahu student organic garden.

uh Where is Oʻahu Chancellor Maenette Benham said, “The Kellogg Foundation’s investment in the important work of our Sustainable Community Food Systems program affirms the importance of a resilient food system as a cornerstone of healthy communities and families, and an essential key to address the impact of climate change in the Pacific and across the world.”

Miles added, “The global food system is now seen as the primary cause of global environmental change and negative public health effects, but it is also one of the most powerful levers for optimizing human health and environmental sustainability. on earth. Recent climate events and the COVID-19 pandemic have revealed a series of food system vulnerabilities and amplified the need for policymakers, educators, researchers, planners, citizens and practitioners to increasingly work together on a shared vision to advance the health, equity, resilience and sustainability of the food system of Hawaii and beyond.”

Students interested in the Sustainable Community Food Systems program should contact Miles at [email protected]

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uh Where is Oʻahu students restore law and harvest kalo in Hanalei Valley Kauaʻi.
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