In her high school advanced placement (AP) biology class, Tara Mittelberg learned about Norman Borlaug, the renowned scientist, humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner who devoted his career to battling hunger and poverty across the globe. This sparked her interest in agriculture and prompted her to pursue the opportunity to be an Emerging Leader in the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge during the 2014–2015 academic year.
As I sit down to write this farewell blog, I feel overwhelmed with emotion because of the amazing experiences the Land O’Lakes Global Food Challenge has given us 10 Emerging Leaders. However, this blog isn’t meant to dwell on our farewell, but rather to highlight the learning experiences we encountered.
Global Food Challenge - Emerging Leaders for Food Security™
Food security is when people everywhere have enough safe, nutritious food to eat every day. It’s a basic human right. But it’s not a reality. And with 9 billion of us by 2050, feeding the world just won’t be possible unless we all work together today.
The Global Food Challenge – Emerging Leaders for Food Security is one of the ways we’re taking on global hunger and the challenge of feeding 9 billion people – together with a group of exceptional and passionate college students.
Here’s how the program works:
Every year, students from a variety of educational backgrounds at partner universities submit a one-minute video application to Land O’Lakes, Inc.
Land O’Lakes will select six exceptional college sophomores to be Emerging Leaders for Food Security.
We match Emerging Leaders with a Land O’Lakes mentor and a project team to work on a project for a Land O’Lakes business unit.
Emerging Leaders receive a 12-week paid summer internship to work with industry experts at Land O’Lakes, Inc.
To learn about hunger, agriculture and sustainability, students travel to key Land O’Lakes locations including headquarters in Minnesota, member cooperatives locations, and Land O’Lakes International Development projects in Africa.
Emerging Leaders present their final projects at the end of their internship in August.
I hope to take quantitative steps toward increasing food security throughout the world and spread the word about the importance of agriculture and its role in feeding the world.
- Audrey Sebastian, Emerging Leader, 2016-2017
Students from partnering universities nationwide
Aug. 20 – Oct. 10, 2018
6 chosen for a paid internship
Emerging Leaders explore food security, agricultual challenges, Africa and more!