Poverty Public Engagement and Outreach

January 20, 2011
Christopher Barrett
On Climate Variability And Resource-Dependent Wealth Dynamics: The Case of Ethiopian Pastoralists
Presentation at Brookings Institution, Washington, DC

Dec. 22, 2010
Christine Olson
The Life-Long Importance of Getting a Healthy Start in Early Life
Ithaca Rotary Club, Ithaca, NY 

December 7, 2010
Christopher Barrett
U.S. Food Aid and Agricultural Cargo Preference Policy
Presentation at Breakfast Briefing co-sponsored by CARE, Oxfam America, the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, Capitol Visitor Center Congressional Meeting Room, Washington, DC 

December 6, 2010
Christopher Barrett
US Assistance to International Agricultural Development and Food Security: Some Trends and Reflections
Presentation at Congressional Research Service, Washington, DC

July 12, 2010
Christopher Barrett
Adapting Index-based Livestock Insurance (IBLI) for Ethiopia: Logic and Design?
Workshop at International Livestock Research Institute, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

July 9, 2010
Christopher Barrett
Food Aid and Food Assistance: What Have We Learned Here? What Key Things Do We Still Need to Learn?
4th Transatlantic Dialogue on Humanitarian Action, Potsdam, Germany 

June 27, 2010
Christopher Barrett
Global Agricultural Transitions In the Coming Generation: Likely Market, Environmental and Humanitarian Impacts
Keynote Address to the 2010 Annual Conference of the Northeastern Branch of the Crop, Soil and Agronomy Societies of America, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

Dec. 10, 2009
Christopher Barrett
Policy discussion, Congressional Research Service
Washington, D.C.

Dec. 2, 2009
Susan Christopherson
Presentation, Rebuilding Industrial Region Economies
New York State Department of Labor and Cornell Cooperative Extension
Albany, NY

October 14, 2008 
Christine Olson
Keynote Presentation, Empty Bowls Samaritan Center Fundraiser
Elmira College, NY

Nutrition Problems to Worsen, Expert Says
by Jeff Murray, Staff Writer

The problem of hunger has been growing for the past 10 years and is likely to get much worse, according to a Cornell University nutrition expert. Christine M. Olson, professor of community nutrition at Cornell, was the keynote speaker Tuesday at the third annual Empty Bowls, Open Hearts Luncheon. The event at Elmira College is designed to heighten awareness and to raise money for the Samaritan Center on South Main Street in Elmira.

Olson and a team of students started work on quantifying the extent of the hunger problem in the U.S. in the mid-1980s and, over the years, came up with some disturbing revelations. Olson said in addition to actual hunger, many people face food insecurity — lack of food with adequate nutrition, along with anxiety about having enough food in the house. “In 2006, the most recent year we have statistics for, 10.9 percent of the population was food insecure, and 4 percent was hungry. That’s stunning, and I’m sure it’s going to go up dramatically,” Olson said. “It has been going up since 1999. Our country is heading in the wrong direction when it comes to making progress on this.” Hunger and food insecurity can lead to problems with learning among children, and a host of medical issues among the elderly, Olson said.

The luncheon coincides with World Hunger Day. It began in a Michigan high school classroom and has become a popular event to raise awareness of the effects of hunger and food insecurity. Tuesday’s participants got to keep commemorative empty bowls that were made by Elmira College ceramics classes and potters in the community. Sponsors for the luncheon included Barb’s Soups On Cafe, Elmira College, Multi Media Services Inc. and Seneca Beverage Corp.

The kinds of problems Olson described Tuesday are happening right now in the Elmira area, Samaritan Center program coordinator Thea Parker said. Tuesday’s luncheon will help address that growing need, she said. “It will go to programs and services that we provide. We have over $15,000, and we hope to reach a goal of about $20,000,” Parker said. “There’s no shortage of need. The food insecurity that Christine talked about is here in Chemung County. People eat the same thing every day and they have to make choices. That’s here.”

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