Meet the Nourishing the Planet Team: Yuka Kato

We have a whole new crop of interns joining the Nourishing the Planet team this fall. Today, meet Yuka Kato.

Yuka Kato

Yuka is currently an undergraduate student of Yokohama City University in Japan, where she is studying International Relations with a focus on International Politics. Since this past August, she has taken part in the Washington Semester Program at American University, where she is studying International Law and Organizations. During her time abroad in Washington D.C., she is looking forward to gaining an academic understanding of International Law, working on food and agriculture issues, and meeting new people who are passionate about working to solve the global issues.

After Yuka interned at Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Liaison Office in Japan in this spring, her interests in food and agricultural issues became much stronger, especially in conserving traditional agricultural systems. While she interned there, she studied Chinese and Japanese pilot agricultural systems of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS) and analyzed the common key elements for the traditional and sustainable agricultural systems. Although she is volunteering at a nonprofit organization focusing on innovations for developing countries, she is also interested in the innovations and potential of private sectors.

She is enjoying her time in D.C. by discovering the city, visiting museums and other famous sightseeing spots, meeting and chatting with people from all over the world, and trying new restaurants and sweets, though she misses baking cakes, especially cheese cakes.

Yuka is very happy to work as a research intern for the Nourishing the Planet team, and looks forward to learning about food security, practical ways to approach the food and agricultural issues, sustainable agricultural practices around the world, and how to deal with the huge changes in global society. She wants to use this opportunity to broaden her horizon and knowledge as well as contribute to the work of the Nourishing the Planet.

For more information on how to apply for an internship with Nourishing the Planet, click here.

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