2015-16 Global Food Challenge Interns Travel to Africa

Tuesday, August 30, 2016 - 9:45am

How can a hybrid maize help to increase production of Kenya’s staple crop? This question and others provided powerful learning experiences for the U of M's 2015-­16 Global Food Challenge Emerging Leader interns as they met with professors and students from Maseno University in Kenya in June 2016.  

Along with interns from four other American universities, the students visited locations in Kenya and Rwanda from June 16-­30 to learn about food insecurity, malnutrition, agriculture, and sustainable farming practices. The trip was part of a year­-long program for the 10 Global Food Challenge interns who are working with Land O’Lakes to find new ways to meet the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050.  

Maseno University is among seven innovations who won seed funding and technical assistance from USAID through the Feed The Future Kenya Innovation Engine, which nurtures and brings to scale innovative solutions to food insecurity. Land O’Lakes  International Development implements this USAID grant.