Growing up on my family’s hobby farm in rural southeast Wisconsin, I developed my passion for agriculture at a young age. My summers were dedicated to prepping show pigs and cattle for our county fair, and the rest of the year I cared for my family’s home-farrowed swine and beef herd. Through long hours of work, often after a tiring sports practice or late at night when I wanted to be doing just about anything else, I gained an appreciation for agriculture and the responsibility farmers have for the people they feed.
Nestled between the Nsere and Weruweru rivers and on the high mesas surrounding Mount Kilimanjaro lies Two Bridges Farm. Fields sprawl a vast 316 acres, with tall, proud coffee plants swaying in the breeze. As we walked into the main office, we were greeted by the sight of women in bright skirts carrying giant bags of coffee beans on their heads.
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!