We have a whole new crop of interns joining the Nourishing the Planet team this fall. Today, meet Catherine Ward.
Catherine completed her Masters of Science in Environmental Science in February 2012 from Rhodes University in South Africa. Her research thesis entitled “Livelihoods and natural resources use along the rural-urban continuum” was part of an international program called LUNA (Livelihoods, Urbanisation and Natural Resources in Africa). The LUNA project aims to analyze and compare the impact of urbanization on natural resource use in South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Cameroon and Côte d’Ivoire. During her Masters, Catherine participated in several workshops hosted in Tanzania, Germany, Botswana and South Africa, which allowed her to gain first-hand experience on the complexities of natural resource use in Africa.
Catherine grew up in Namibia and moved to South Africa to complete high school. During her undergraduate studies at Rhodes University, Catherine majored in Environmental Science and Anthropology, before she obtained her Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Environmental Science with distinction. Throughout her academic career, Catherine has developed a keen interest in food production systems and how these affect people within poverty contexts. Rhodes University is situated in one of the poorest areas of South Africa, and has provided Catherine with valuable insights to the many challenges of sustainable development.
Catherine recently moved to the United States and enjoys hiking, browsing through farmers markets and learning new languages. She is passionate about travel and experiencing new cultures, and hopes to learn more about food systems from developing and developed countries perspectives. Through the Nourishing the Planet project, Catherine hopes to gain insights into innovative solutions for global food security concerns, and maybe experience a bit of American food culture on the side.
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