“The Global Food Challenge focuses on food and hunger problems on a local, national, and international scale. As part of my summer internship, I've gotten to visit a 10,000 acre farm in Iowa and a one acre farm in Tanzania. From a sustainability perspective, it's been really eye opening to be exposed to the myriad of challenges we're faced with when looking at a growing population and a shrinking amount of arable land.
On our trip to Africa, I've discovered a newfound respect for the small-holder farmer. They're faced with disease, a changing climate, nonexistent infrastructure, no government assistance; yet they still have to farm because there is no viable alternative. One small Maasai village we visited depended on a few cows that came from the Heifer International program. I was fascinated by how they used manure as fuel and fertilizer for their crops. In general, they attempted to find some use of everything they had. It was a great experience that added to my perspective on agriculture, international aid programs, and sustainability.”
-Alexander Fried, Emerging Leader 2016-2017