Host Organization: InterAction
First Year Placement
Breanna supports InterAction’s food security and climate workstreams. She coordinates InterAction’s Food Security, Nutrition, and Agriculture monthly working group meetings, which seek to support and strengthen U.S. NGOs active in implementing field programs in international agricultural development and global food security. Breanna ensures that InterAction’s food security and climate communities are well informed, develops materials for congressional advocacy and education on Feed the Future programs, and finds opportunities for collective action on food security and climate policies.
Second Year Placement
Breanna’s work on InterAction’s Protection of Civilians team focuses on conflict-induced hunger and how to inform advocacy with UN Member States and the U.S. government through various projects and workstreams. For example, through the Practical Measures Project, Breanna will support consultations in priority countries where conflict-induced hunger is acute to verify the assumptions of the draft practical measures with affected communities. In tandem, Breanna is researching how actions by the U.S. and its security partners harm food security and livelihoods in conflict contexts. This work also connects to a new workstream Breanna helps lead called the “Big Think,” which engages the humanitarian and development NGO community in developing a collective advocacy approach for better USG preparation, prevention, response, and mitigation of cyclical and increasing food security shocks.