This campaign is aimed at helping me get to Galway to do my Master's degree in Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security. Follow this link to see for yourself just how impactful the contents of this course can be on our world's hunger crisis, especially when studied with a heart full of passion and determination: http://www.nuigalway.ie/ccafs/#course_overview.
My career goal is to combine my knowledge of food science and my experience in the agricultural sector and to use this in a way that can enrich the lives of communities around the world. Within my career, I see myself growing towards a position where I am able to teach others and to be a part of their personal and professional development. The topics covered by the course, such as global climate change and social skills, would complement my knowledge in food science and agriculture. I no longer want to work for a sector that benefits a monopoly, I would like to work for a team with a key focus on global food security.
I graduated in 2013 with my BSC Food Science. As a fresh graduate, I was itching to see the world and next thing I found myself on a plane to Dublin. After 3 months of experiencing the rich history and colourful culture of Ireland, I came back home to further my knowledge of brewing. After 2 years in the industry I found myself feeling unfulfilled and longing for more. I found myself growing ever more curious about food security and the research surrounding the efforts to alleviate the global hunger crisis. After many a TED-talks and research into how a food scientist could benefit the agricultural sector, I applied for a job at a crop protection research company. The small company set up has allowed for me to gain experience in many aspects of field research trials, laboratory research work, disease and pest identification and control, crop harvesting procedures and post-harvest processing of crops.
The area that I work in is located directly next to an informal settlement and my day-to-day working gives me the privilege to interact with people from this settlement. Something I noticed through my interaction with this community was the very obvious opportunity for self-subsistence farming, especially seeing as the settlement is located in one of Cape Town’s most arable areas. Obvious for me, yes, someone who was privileged enough to have access to an education. Not so obvious for someone who might have a basic primary school education. This community could grow past the demons associated with poverty if they could have access to the training and materials to allow for them to plant, grow and harvest their own crops. Children could go to school with a full stomach and the nutrients needed for a healthy mind, if their parents had the means and knowledge to lead a self-sustaining lifestyle. Time and time again, I see how teaching someone and supplying them with the means to help themselves, rather than them working their finger to the bone to purchase groceries from a franchise store, benefits the person and their family. The beauty of this, is that it doesn’t end at their homes, this thinking penetrates the community and before you know it, you have 6000 people providing for themselves from the land on which they stay. It is for this reason, amongst many others which could never be captured in 600 words, that I am applying for this course.
Why this course in particular and not something closer to
home? This course was one of the first and few courses I came across when
researching a post graduate degree in global food security. The course outline captured
my attention and after reading it, has left me hungry to learn more! I believe
that studying, researching and networking with people beyond your scope of
“normal” helps to eliminate tunnel vision and is the ideal environment for
learning. I feel that getting to Ireland and completing this course, will provide me with the opportunity to become a teacher, abassador and reasearcher in one of the most significant problems in this world.