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Emerald Izuakor

FERN Fellow

Emerald Izuakor is a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with plans to major in Nutrition and Hispanic Linguistics. She has been passionate about food and nutrition from an early age and is interested in the intersectionality of food, culture, nutrition, and medicine. Some of Emerald’s previous experiences include writing a research paper for the World Food Prize that explored the environmental plight of the people of the Niger Delta due to unregulated oil extraction. She also went on to complete the Borlaug Ruan Internship in conjunction with Universidad EARTH in Costa Rica, focusing on tropical regenerative agriculture. These programs furthered her interest in understanding the interdisciplinary nature of international food systems. Emerald is excited to work with the GFRP to continue exploring her interests in international foodways and global food policy. She is also looking forward to using her language skills by exploring projects in the GFRP’s Latin American sector. 

My family’s holiday favorites are … Nigerian Meat Pies and Goat Meat Pepper Soup.

My favorite combination of food and drink is … Tacos and Piña Jarritos.

My favorite foods for summer are… Muscadine grapes, rosewater lemonade, and watermelon.

Favorite quote related to food: “’Go on, have a pasty,’ said Harry, who had never had anything to share before or, indeed, anyone to share it with. It was a nice feeling, sitting there with Ron, eating their way through all Harry’s pasties, cakes, and candies (the sandwiches lay forgotten).” — Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.