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MSc Food Security - student profiles

Harriet Bell

2012 - 2013

Graduated with Distinction
Winner of Class Prize

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First Degree: Environmental Science

First job after graduating: Analyst consultant at Ricardo-AEA

What was the best thing about the MSc?

The best thing about the MSc was the modules, a wide range of topics were covered and there was lots of interaction with the other two courses which was very helpful for gaining additional knowledge in other related areas. The support
from the lecturers was superb, especially when it came to dissertation supervision."

What have you gained from your time at Warwick?

“The MSc greatly improved my written and oral communication skills. The regularpresentations seemed scary to start but gave me the opportunity to refine my skills and become more confident and improve with a friendly audience. The
course also gave me a level of professionalism from my experience undertaking a placement, as I was given an insight into the running of a small business working on food waste. In terms of knowledge, I now have a much wider understanding of all things related to food security and as a result my skills gained from Warwick helped with getting my current job."

What is your current job?

I am an Analyst Consultant at Ricardo-AEA, working on projects related to agriculture and food waste, which was the focus of my thesis. I work with the Agriculture team within the Air Quality and Environment division but also contribute to work carried out by the Resource Efficiency and Waste Management division.”

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Charlotte Jordan
2011-2012

As a recent graduate from the Food Security MSc course I was uncertain what to do with my immediate future; the course and particularly my research placement with The Eden Project in Cornwall taught me that I would only have job satisfaction if I was working with food, and people.

I was lucky enough to have contacts in Kenya and following up on this I arranged a three-month volunteer placement with Real Impact, an NGO based in Thika working on sustainable agro-nutrition. My project focussed on vertical bag gardens; growing upwards to save on land and water resources to produce leafy vegetable crops such as kale and spinach.

This voluntary placement has led into a full time job which I will return to begin in February 2013. I will be assisting to lead the NGO in developing new training on sustainable agronomy, nutrition, alternative energy and livelihoods. We will also be enhancing our research and development trials to determine optimal agronomy protocols, including bag gardens, whilst at the same time making our farm profitable through sales of vegetable produce, worms and worm bins from our vermiculture units.

What drives me the most in this job is that I am working in one of the areas where the need is greatest; our trials and training are disseminated to the local farming community directly. Whilst there are problems managing an NGO in Kenya that wouldn’t occur in the UK, there is real benefit to the way people produce food here, ultimately enhancing household food and nutrition security, boosting yields for sale and increasing household income.

Please see www.realimpact.or.ke for more details and feel free to get in touch!