SDG2: Zero Hunger Consortium

SDG2: Zero Hunger International Student Challenge

In November 2022, the SDG2-Zero Hunger Consortium launched the inaugural SDG2-Zero Hunger International Student Challenge. This challenge provided a unique opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to collaborate across universities, countries and disciplines and generate innovative ideas to advance SDG2. More than 200 students applied to participate from around the world.

In May 2023, 11 teams successfully completed the challenge; each team produced a three-minute video explaining an innovative idea for addressing hunger, malnutrition or food insecurity. The winning teams included diverse students studying at different geographical locations, including Brazil, Spain, UK, Costa Rica, Mexico, Canada, and the United States.

1st Place: Team 19: End Hunger Community Center (EHCC) in Indonesia

Participating students from UC Davis, EARTH University, Newcastle University, Carnegie Mellon University, University of São Paulo and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

2nd Place:  Team 3: Offshore Agricultural Farming Unit

Participating students from Newcastle University and EARTH University

3rd Place:  Team 17: Open-source Knowledge Sharing Platform on Sustainable Agriculture

Participating students from EARTH University, McGill University, Newcastle University, University of São Paulo, and Universidad Veracruzana

You can view the winning teams’ videos and selected videos from other participating teams here.


About the SDG:2 Zero Hunger Consortium

The SDG2:Zero Hunger Consortium began in 2020 as part of the University Global Coalition (UGC) Decade of Action Initiative. EARTH University and the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) were invited by UGC to co-chair this effort. In 2021-22, additional universities joined the consortium. Currently, the participating universities are:

University of California, Davis (UC Davis) (USA), co-chair

EARTH University (Costa Rica), co-chair

ARUA-SFS, University of Pretoria (South Africa)

McGill University (Canada)

Newcastle University (UK)

University of São Paulo (Brazil)

The consortium is always open to expressions of interest from other universities.

The SDG2-Zero Hunger Consortium collaborates in several areas. The consortium has participated in joint events to share expertise and discuss emerging areas of work on Zero Hunger topics. The consortium is also exploring potential joint research projects.

Questions or interest in engaging? Contact Jolynn M. Shoemaker at