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  •  Afghanistan: Sowing the Seeds of Progress

    Wednesday, Oct. 7th
    4:30 p.m.

    Forbes Conference Room
    Lucas Hall
    Refreshments provided
    Sponsored by the Food and Agribusiness Institute
    RSVP by Monday, Oct. 5th
    All are welcome!

    Edward O'Malley, MBA '78, will discuss his work on the Mazar Food Initiative (MFI), a USAID funded project in northern Afghanistan. Through the MFI, farmers are educated, trained, and empowered to make the most of their crop or their herd, which generates more income for their families and results in better access to food for their communities.

    About the Food for Thought Speaker Series
    The Food for Thought Speaker Series is sponsored by the Food and Agribusiness Institute in the Leavey School of Business and features lectures focused on topics related to food, agribusiness, and social and environmental responsibility. The Food for Thought Speaker Series is part of the enrichment opportunities offered to undergraduate students interested in the Food, Hunger, Poverty, Environment Pathway and graduate MBA students interested in the Food & Agribusiness concentration.

    About Edward O'Malley, MBA '78
    Edward O'Malley received his MBA in Agribusiness from Santa Clara University in 1978. Has over 25 years of global experience in the food industry in marketing and supply chain management. Mr. O'Malley worked for Dole Foods for 14 years in marketing and logistics, including 2 years in the Philippines as Operations Manager. International sales and marketing experience in over 15 countries. He launched Sunkist Pistachios in China, England and Sweden. He served as Managing Director of Chalice Wines in the Georgia Republic. Mr. O'Malley has agricultural development experience on USAID funded projects in Russia (1994) and Afghanistan (2009) as Director of the Mazar Food Initiative. He was previously Vice-President of Supply Chain with Albert's Organics.

    About the Food and Agribusiness Institute:

    In compliance with the ADA/504 please direct your accommodation requests to: Jessica Gagnon at 408.554.5173 or by email or call TTY-California Relay, at 1-800-735-2929 at least 48 hours prior to the event.

    Edward O'Malley
  •  FAI Continues to Fund Hunger Research

    On September 10, 2009, the Food and Agribusiness Institute hosted the Hunger Issues Forum for Santa Clara County once again.  Approximately 125 attendees gained a better understanding of how childhood hunger affects our economy while learning about public policy opportunities and how to take action on hunger issues.  The event was held in Lucas Hall in the Forbes Family Conference Room.

    The Food and Agribusiness Institute funds Dr. S. Andrew Starbird’s Hunger Index research, completed in collaboration with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. 

    The Hunger Index was developed to measure hunger for the most food insecure households within specific counties.  Food assistance provided in both counties has increased in 2008, but not faster than the rise in unmet food needs.  The Hunger Index also calculates the number of meals that are provided by various food assistance organizations and programs: SFHB, Children and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Meals on Wheels, School Meals Program, Senior Nutrition, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamps program), and Woman Infant and Children (WIC).  The county food assistance programs provided 90 million meals in 2008 in Santa Clara County and 23 million meals in San Mateo County. 

    The Food and Agribusiness Institute hopes to expand the Hunger Index research to include all Bay Area counties in the coming years.

    Dr. Starbird presented the Hunger Index findings at both the Santa Clara and the San Mateo Hunger Issues Forums.  In addition to his presentation, the following speakers were featured at the Santa Clara Hunger Issues Forum.
    Speakers included:

    Dr. John Cook with the Boston Medical Center and the Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Cook explained findings from his recently released report Child Food Insecurity: The Economic Impact on Our Nation.

    Dr. Ed Cooney, CEO of the Congressional Hunger Center in Washington D.C. Dr. Cooney addressed how we can influence system changes to achieve President Obama's commitment to end domestic childhood hunger by 2015.

    Dr. Drew Starbird, acting Dean of Santa Clara University's Leavey School of Business. Dr. Starbird explained what the unmet food needs look like for Santa Clara County residents.

    Dr. Daniel Delgado, pediatrician at the Pediatric Healthy Lifestyles Center at the Santa Clara County Health and Hospital System. Dr. Delgado shared what is happening locally to improve children’s lifestyles.

    Watch Dr. Starbird present at the San Mateo Hunger Issues Forum

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