Wagner Food Policy Alliance & Association of Latin@s and Allies in Public Service Salon/Happy Hour

The Wagner Food Policy Alliance (WFPA) and The Association of Latin@s and Allies in Public Service (ALAS) are co-sponsoring a Salon and Happy Hour on October 18. The focus of our salon will be GMOs and food policy issues in Latin America with the guidance of Steinhardt's Food Studies professor Gustavo Setrini. We invite students from both Wagner and Steinhardt to come with questions about food policy, the current state and future of international agriculture, and the effect GMOs have on our food system both in the United States and in Latin America. We will be having a discussion based on these topics, but the space will really be open for students to drive the discussion and ask those burning GMO questions.

The Association of Latin@s and Allies in Public Service (ALAS) enhances the educational and social experience at Wagner by creating platforms from which the NYU community can engage and advocate for issues at the intersection of our fields of study and topics relevant to Latinas and their Diasporas around the world. ALAS provides a community-based space for exchanging knowledge, networking, and making cultural connections.

The Wagner Food Policy Alliance (WFPA) is a group of students dedicated to raising awareness about issues surrounding local, national, and international food policy. Through our events, panel discussions, and volunteer opportunities, we aim to promote equitable food systems by connecting likeminded NYU students, as well as facilitating a dialogue with leaders in our community and around the world.


Gustavo Setrini is a political scientist who studies globalization, agriculture, and rural development. His research examines the opportunities and constraints that global markets offer for small farmers in poor countries, and his work aims to identify the institutional foundations of sustainable agriculture at the transnational and local levels. In 2008, Setrini won a Fulbright scholarship to study the effects of Fairtrade and organic certification on farmer organizations in Paraguay, where his research has also examined the effectiveness of donor-funded, NGO-led development projects to promote sustainable agricultural techniques and integrate small farmers into global supply chains. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011, and he served as a post-doctoral research associate at MIT's Center for International Studies and Department of Urban Studies and Planning before joining Steinhardt.