First year Masters student, Hannah Russell, has been awarded the highly competitive Boeing Fellowship to support her fieldwork in Ghana this coming fall. Russell will be working with Ghanaian NGO Hen Mpoano to study food security amongst fish consumers in Takoradi, Ghana in conjunction with their ongoing Sustainable Fisheries Management Program, funded by USAID. Her fieldwork will span three months and primarily involve performing interviews to gather data on the demographics of the consumers of small pelagic fish caught by the artisanal canoe fishery.
"Working with Eddie Allison on the human rights aspects of Ghanaian fisheries has been my academic dream since a Political Ecology class I took at Cal [Berkeley] in 2008," Russell said. "I am very grateful to Boeing, the University of Washington, and the professors who have supported me with this endeavor."
Her work will be part of a body of work to address USAID's Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative goals in Ghana.