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  •  Food, Hunger, Poverty, Environment Immersion Cuba

     This course blends short lectures, guided discussions and reflections and a 14-day immersion in Cuba interacting with local people of diverse backgrounds. BUSN 151 satisfies the Experiential Learning Social Justice requirement. The goal is to increase students’ understanding of the challenges associated with equitably distributing the rewards of economic development within the socio-cultural and environmental contexts of a low-income Latin-American country. The trip will be September 4-18, 2014, and the dates and locations of the trip are subject to change.

    Click here for the application.

    Application deadline is February 5th, 2014 at 5 p.m. to the Food & Agribusiness Institute, Lucas Hall 111 or by email to We will notify selected participants no later than February 14th, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.  


  •  Bean to Bar: for the love of chocolate

    Featuring: Todd Masonis of Dandelion Chocolates

    Co-sponsored by: the Center for Sustainability, CLASP, Environmental Studies & Sciences, Food and Agribusiness Network, Forge Gardens, and Inter-Network Council

    Here is a video from the presentation about the artisan bean-to-bar chocolate making process and the sustainable side of the chocolate business;

    This is a great way to learn about the triple bottom line and sample some delicious, high-quality chocolate! 

    Dandelion chocolate!
  •  Join FAI on the Cuba Immersion Trip in September 2014!

    The Food and Agribusiness is excited to announce that we will be offering an immersion trip to Cuba in September 2014, tentatively scheduled for September 4-14, 2014.

    The application is now available and is due to the Food and Agribusiness offices in Lucas Hall, Suite 111 by February 3rd, 2014 at noon. They can also be emailed to Assistant Director Erika French-Arnold at

    A recording of one of the Cuba information sessions can be viewed at:

    The Food, Hunger, Poverty, Environment Immersion is designed to help students meet their social justice-oriented experiential learning requirements while learning about issues related to food production and consumption, hunger, poverty, and the environment.  The course blends short lectures, guided discussions and reflections and a 14-day immersion in Cuba interacting with local people of diverse backgrounds for experiential active learning. The goal is to increase students’ understanding of  the developing world and to explore the role of business in alleviating poverty through economic development and the pursuit of social justice.  




  •  Celebrate 40!

    You are cordially invited to attend The Food and Agribusiness Institute
 40th Anniversary Celebration!

    Join your classmates, industry leaders, faculty, current students and staff to celebrate 40 great years of teaching, researching and promoting agribusiness. Celebrate Institute activities, past and present, explore our vision for the future and share your favorite memories of the Institute!

    November 16th, 2013
    Locatelli Center

    Santa Clara University

    6 PM Reception

    7 PM Dinner

    Please RSVP

    $75 per person
; $600 per table for 9

    Purchase tickets at
    Taking the Local, Global

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