Sarah Alvarez is a recent graduate from the University of Mary Washington. She graduated magna cum laude in May 2012 with a bachelors degree in international affairs and special certification in Middle East studies. An important part of Sarah’s academic experience was her involvement with the student-run microfinance called La Ceiba. As a member of La Ceiba she and her classmates researched and executed a business plan competition, financial literacy classes, and microloan administration in the communities surrounding El Progreso, Honduras.
Sarah’s interest in food-security and agriculture policy began during an internship at the United States Department of State where she learned about several key food related issues including biotechnology and commodities commerce. From this internship she began to explore more deeply the history of seed-saving and the importance of preserving biodiversity. The book, A Viking in the Wheat Field, had a pronounced effect on her appreciation for and understanding of research and investment in food-security technology.
This research interest culminated in the completion of a Senior Honors Thesis on Food-security in Egypt. She analyzed the country’s political-economy in order to better understand why food insecurity persists in Egypt and how both private and public institutions can help alleviate it.
Sarah enjoyed her time at the University of Mary Washington and believes in a life of learning. She hopes to expand her developing arabic and spanish language skills through further regional study and travel. She would love an opportunity to apply the knowledge she acquired in her academic setting to real world challenges.
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