Sharon Inone is one of first Pacific Islanders to receive the Irish Fellowship for Small Islands Development States to study for a Master’s Degree in Ireland.
Hails from Temotu, Sharon says: “I am grateful to the Irish government for the opportunity of being awarded the SIDs scholarship to do my Masters in Climate change, Agriculture and food security at the National University of Ireland, Galway from September 2020-2021.”
She adds: “Being one of the first recipients of the SIDs Fellowship of Ireland is historic for my family and nation.”
Sharon underscores that agriculture is the most important sector for the Solomon Islands economy as it provides for and sustains 85% of the rural population – despite that the country relies heavily on imports and is also vulnerable to natural disasters.
She states coupled with climate change impacts and COVID-19 pushing food systems to the brink, the need for human resource development in this area is vital.
Sharon acknowledges that far more than just benefiting from the excellent curriculum and world class facilities, she believes studying the program in Ireland will help her understand the issues at hand in a culturally and historically richer and more dynamic context. She adds: “It will greatly make my mission to help my people and contribute to the establishment of stronger links between Solomon Islanders and the people of the Republic of Ireland.”