Akshaya Patra AMR Project

October 28, 2010

LOS ANGELES -- As part of UCLA Anderson's continuing efforts to expand global initiatives in all facets of programming, a series of on-campus meetings and discussions were recently held seeking ways in which students could help develop and strengthen home grown school feeding programs in developing nations. The meetings were co-sponsored by UCLA Anderson's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and Center for Global Management (CGM), and London-based Partnership for Child Development (PCD).

UCLA Anderson is looking for ways to more broadly utilize its Applied Management Research (AMR) program to provide opportunities for students to bring the business perspective to school feeding programs. As described by the Millennium Hunger Task Force, Home Grown School Feeding efforts are a "quick win" in the fight against hunger for children living in poverty. Highlighting the meeting was a presentation by Chinny Onwugbenu ('10), who, along with her teammates, worked on an AMR project in India for the Akshaya Patra Foundation. Onwugbenu's work was held up as a model of the types of projects future students might do around the world. Meeting attendees included Former Senator George McGovern and representatives from The World Bank, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Food Program, among others.

"More and more, we're being approached by students who want to do international AMR projects that make a lasting impact on local communities," said Professor George Abe, AMR faculty director and moderator of the meetings. "Going forward, we'll be looking for new opportunities and locations that meet both student desires and offer ways in which their projects can make a lasting impact and difference on our global society."

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