What should an economics major do in agricultural development?
February 1, 2012 5:13 PM Subscribe
Help! What should an economics major do in agricultural development?
posted by justalisteningman to work & money (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'll be graduating in June with an Economics undergraduate degree, with an emphasis in international development. Last summer, I worked with a Micro-finance company in Africa. While I enjoyed the experience, and got a lot from it, I don't think Micro-finance can effectively deal with issues in rural agricultural development.
I'm in the process of talking to my contacts and professors, but I'd like Metafilter's input. If this helps, I'm based in Seattle.
I'm interested in working in SOME way with agricultural development and food security, but I'm not sure how. I don't have any real farming or engineering experience. I'm okay at math, good at talking and giving presentations, and enjoy doing 'analysis' things. I'm willing to work either domestically or abroad, and willing to get farming experience.
How can I help with food security? What entry level jobs are there, both domestically and abroad? What skills should I garner? Who, outside my immediate contacts, should I try and ask these questions to? Who are the leaders in the field? Where should I try and get internships?
I've been in a bit of terror-induced stasis about post-graduate life for a couple months. I'd like to stop that, and start doing more things that will help me towards the future.
If it helps, here are two related thoughts I've had:
-WOOF-ing after college could give me some education about farming. However, it probably wouldn't be rigorous, and I'm afraid it wouldn't ultimately help me out on a future job search that much. Are these fears sensible?
-Medium sized investing: While I don't think micro-finance will help with food security, I do think that identifying weak points of the agriculture supply chain and investing in improvements would help. But I'm still not sure where I could involve myself, what skills I would need, or how to really get into the field.
Thanks for any input!