Our 2021 FAO Summer Storytelling Fellows were tasked with producing stories at the nexus of food security, agriculture, and nutrition.
The students were mentored by Lisa Palmer, GW’s National Geographic Professor of Science Communication and author of “Hot, Hungry Planet.” The North America office of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), which like Planet Forward has a focus on engaging the next generation of leaders for our planet, sponsored these students’ amazing work.
From diverse backgrounds and locations, our Fellows produced a wide range of pieces, which covered: The barriers of entry to agriculture for aspiring young farmers — and the creative ways some are transcending these barriers to feed communities; a look at solutions to environmentally harmful industrial agricultural practices — and how more sustainable practices can scale; how cities worked to get food in the hands of those who most needed it during the pandemic — and what happens next; and restoration of Indigenous agricultural and aquaculture practices in Hawaii — and the important role storytelling plays in these practices.
The 2021 Fellows are:
• Sejal Govindarao, who is a sophomore studying Political Communication at George Washington University.
• Terrius Harris, who is a recent graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a Master's of Legal Studies for Indigenous Peoples Law. He also is a previous Storyfest winner, a past Senior Planet Forward Correspondent, and previously traveled with Planet Forward to the Committee on World Food Security Conference in 2018.
• Jules Struck, who is a recent graduate from Emerson College who received a Master’s degree in Journalism.
• Benjamin Thomas, who is a senior studying Environmental Studies at Franklin & Marshall College.
Please check out their work below!