Carmel Valley student earns prestigious World Food Prize International Internship

Eric Chen
Eric Chen

Nearly 1 billion people go hungry every day. As the world faces a growing population, climate volatility and other global challenges, the next generation will be charged with continuing the battle against hunger and finding new solutions to feed the world.

This summer, an unprecedented number of American high school students – 23 students from 12 states — have earned World Food Prize Borlaug-Ruan International Internships and will delve into issues relating to hunger and poverty throughout the world during eight-week, all-expenses-paid summer internships at leading research centers in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Eric Chen, a junior at Torrey Pines High School, is one of the 23 students who has earned an internship and will travel to Brazil this summer to work at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (Embrapa) in Londrina.

“It is our hope that by engaging these young people in actual hunger-fighting research, they will be inspired to pursue academic and career paths in science, food, agricultural and natural resource disciplines, and thus prepared to become tomorrow’s innovative scientific and humanitarian leaders,” said Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, President of the World Food Prize.

A prerequisite for the Borlaug-Ruan International Internship is attending the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute, which occurs each October and exposes students to opportunities associated with careers in agricultural, natural resource, life sciences and affiliated fields.  Youth Institute participants present research papers and interact with World Food Prize Laureates and renowned experts to discuss issues relating to food security throughout the world.

A list of the 23 Borlaug-Ruan International Interns can be found online at: www.worldfoodprize.org/2014interns.

   
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