Farhat holds a doctoral degree from the University of Connecticut in Medical Anthropology where she studied socio-cultural influences on women’s economic and health status. She has worked with a number of international development agencies such as World Bank, WHO, UNICEF, UNHCR and CIDA in many countries focusing on the impact of development projects on women and children’s health and well-being.
She is co-founder of Agahi, a non-government organization working for the enhancement of quality education in the Northern district of Mansehra, Pakistan. Under the umbrella of Agahi, she established the Agahi teacher training center and trained teachers and parents to manage and operate their village schools.
Her diverse experiences in various cultures has provided her an insight into socio-cultural, economic and environmental factors affecting today’s food industry and people’s accessibility to healthy food choices and eating habits.
Today’s North American youth are suffering from widespread obesity, while the elderly population lack nutritious food. Money is not a major hurdle in obtaining health and well-being, lack of awareness is. That is the where an anthropologist can become valuable in generating a community interest in changing food and health. As an anthropologist, her role would be to establish a community outreach program for Mississippi Mills to advocate for healthy eating and living.