Community Development

Casava farming – photo courtesy USAID

Master of Global Policy students Mary Vo, Lina Nabulsi and Cassie Gianni penned an op-ed advocating for congressional funding of the new Global Food Security Act. A fully funded GFSA would support programs to “enhance the nutritional health and agricultural livelihood activities of poor women in less developed countries.” 

Some University of Texas at Austin researchers are recommending the city take steps to continue investing in the Rundberg area after federal grant funding for the "Restore Rundberg" project ran out. LBJ Professor and RGK Center Director David Springer served as the principal investigator of Restore Rundberg, a three-year, $1 million grant from the Department of Justice to improve the quality of life, health, safety, education and well-being of individuals living and working in the Rundberg neighborhood. 

Students with Austin Mayor Steve Adler

Student researchers from the LBJ School, under the leadership of Professors Raj Patel and Erin Lentz, released a report this past week on food related issues in the Austin community in collaboration with the city's Office of Sustainability. 

Students found that 25 percent of Austin households were food insecure, a number greater than the national average of 15.8 percent. A key component of the report included feedback from Austin residents on ways to combat hunger, resulting in policy recommendations to the City.