Exceptional undergraduate student volunteers with sustainable project in Africa

Jonah Landy is a senior in the Hospitality Management program in the Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at Colorado State University.

Jonah Landy in Africa
Jonah Landy in Africa


Landy is the sustainable development coordinator for the Global Livingston Institute, which has allowed him the opportunity to volunteer in Africa. Over the past year, he has traveled back and forth to East Africa, primarily Uganda and Rwanda, where he was able to create new jobs and develop a sustainable agriculture program in rural communities. Since the project’s inception, more than 50 people have been given a job and the agricultural food production at the model site nearly tripled.

Hospitality management major

Landy is originally from Franktown, Colorado, and “absolutely loves Colorado.” He chose Colorado State University because of the opportunities available to him and it has been everything he was looking for in a university.

He did not originally start out as a hospitality management major, but after his interactions with the fabulous professors of the HM department he knew this was the right course of study. “One of the things I like most about the extensive HM program is that I feel everything I am learning will be relevant and applicable to my life after college,” said Landy.

Jonah Landy portrait wearing a suit
Jonah Landy

As an entrepreneur, Landy’s ultimate goal is to own and operate a business both locally in the U.S. and in international development. Currently his passion has led him to develop a social impact business in East Africa primarily impacting the agriculture and food production in Uganda. He will continue to contribute his time and energy in a meaningful way enabling him to make a positive impact on the communities he is involved with. He feels he will be able to use the skills and knowledge gained at CSU to obtain this goal.

Leisure time

In Landy’s spare time he enjoys flying airplanes, playing equestrian polo, training in MMA, spending time with his fraternity SAE, being with family and playing with his puppy Ollie.

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.