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Planet Forward Announces Storytellers to Cover the Food Security Conference in Rome

Vimlendra Sharan (FAO North America), and Frank Sesno (Planet Forward) announcing the call for applications at the Planet Forward Summit in April.

1 July 2019, Washington, DC – Planet Forward announced top three students that will be attending the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) headquarters in Rome mid-October.

Joining us in Rome will be Rohan Agrawal, a Computer Science major and International Relations/Mathematics minor at the University of Mississippi; Lindsay Eberhart, an Environmental Studies major at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where she’s also a candidate for the Policy, Planning and Law program; and Marisa Umeh, a Business Administration and Media Studies major at UC-Berkeley. The students were selected from an extremely competitive field of applicants from Universities across the United States to participate as observers of the 46th session of the CFS. At the Conference, students will participate in side events, meet with experts, and share updates about their experience and takeaways through videos and a blog series.

“FAO North America is pleased to partner with Planet Forward for a third-year in a row to provide college students with an opportunity to attend the foremost inclusive global platform that creates policy recommendations on food security and nutrition issues. Engaging youth in discussions around food security is critical for shaping the future of our food,” said Vimlendra Sharan, Director, FAO Liaison Office for North America.

“We have a big planet to feed, and the challenge is growing. I look forward to traveling to Rome and learning, along with our students, how we can work together to move the planet forward,” said Frank Sesno, Founder of the Chief Executive of Planet Forward.

Engaging college students from across the country, Planet Forward is an initiative of the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs that uses storytelling, media, and educational events to tell the stories of invention and innovation.

See highlights from Planet Forward students who shared their insights from CFS 45 on topics ranging from the connection of nutrition and hunger to youth involvement in agriculture, and the role of the European Union on indigenous communities to achieving Zero Hunger by looking at obesity and starvation.

Learn more:

Planet Forward Zero Hunger Series https://www.planetforward.org/idea/rural-communities-zero-hunger