Ria Deval joined the Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research (FFAR) as a development research intern in November 2021. In this role, she assists the development team with their programs and initiatives, including identifying prospect information relevant to food and agriculture.

Prior to joining FFAR, Deval worked as a research intern for the Embassy of Jordan in Washington, DC. Additionally, she interned for the Near East South Asia Center (NESA) for Strategic Studies, a regional center for the US Department of Defense. In this role, she worked alongside regional experts to track security-related issues, such as COVID-19, in the Middle East and Asia. She developed her interest in the food and agriculture sector through her past research experiences, having observed the importance of farming and agriculture around the world.

Currently, Deval is a student at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, majoring in International Affairs with a concentration in International Development and a minor in Public Health. She works as an EMT in her hometown, allowing her to understand how healthcare challenges such as water, nutrition and sanitation affect diverse areas while simultaneously giving her a working knowledge of the impact of the global pandemic. While at FFAR, she hopes to learn more about sustainable food and agriculture practices while advancing FFAR’s goal to address challenges that farmers face today. In her spare time, she enjoys biking, reading and trying new coffee places.

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