Profile: Ivica Petrikova
Ivica Petrikova, SIS/MA ’09
While researching her thesis, “Ensuring Food Security Through Distributive Agricultural Policies,” Ivica Petrikova used her SIS Graduate Research Award to travel to Guatemala to study the damaging effects of hunger firsthand. 22% of Guatemalans suffer from malnutrition, partially due to the high exportation of cash crops, rather than use of the land to grow food. “While a greater equalization of productive resources (land and investment) along with appropriate agricultural policies do not necessarily lead to an increase in national income, they do bring about an improvement in a country’s food security,” she argues.
Petrikova interviewed representatives of both non-governmental and international organizations in order to delve into the idea of domestic consumption versus the export of those crops. Her concentration in human rights and international development has been supported by coursework in international economics, the micropolitics of development, and international relations theory.