I was selected to attend the 53rd Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development annual conference through the Future Leaders Forum scholarship program. The conference was held in Washington D.C. in June 3-8, 2017. During my trip to D.C., I gave a talk on spatial evaluation of maize yield across Malawi. Thanks to the conference, I had opportunities to hear various perspectives from leading research institutes, organizations and private companies on securing food and eliminating poverty for the global community. In addition, I was able to interact with the other eleven fellows who also attended the conference. I would like to thank the Environmental Science and Policy Program (ESPP) at Michigan State University for partial funding to support my trip to Washington D.C.. I also would like to thank ESPP for offering training on interdisciplinary collaboration and public communication.