Joelle, an Undergraduate Marketing student at ESE Rome shares her 8-month internship experience at the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO).
“My greatest professional dream has always been to work for an International Organisation, which operates, on a global level, in the socio-economic development of third world countries. In order to realize my dream, I actively searched for an internship at FAO and I was selected for an 8-month volunteer programme in the Knowledge and Communication Department – Knowledge Exchange and Capacity Building Division (KCEF) of the Organisation.
During the internship I assisted my appointed supervisor in the communication related aspects of a Belgium-funded programme called “ Knowledge Management and Gender” in Francophone West Africa.
I collaborated in the elaboration and production of different communication supports, like the electronic newsletter, the programme Information brochure, the programme’s logo design and other web-based knowledge sharing tools.
At the time of writing this report, I can highlight some important learning outcomes of such a great experience. Among these outcomes, the greatest one has definitely been the discovery of knowledge management and knowledge sharing concepts.
I learnt how the sound use of knowledge sharing tools (both at a corporate and field level) could dramatically improve the impact of a development projects’ outcomes, as well as helping to spread validated knowledge on food security.
Gender equity is another key element of FAO work and one of the organisation’s strategic objectives: contribute to food security for rural people, taking into account and including all categories of population, especially those who are regularly set aside – most often rural women and women farmers – due to social, institutional, economical and political processes and mechanisms.
I have been exposed to such an important concept and learnt how food insecurity and poverty do not affect men and women in the same way, especially in those regions where land access and land ownership are gender biased rights.”
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