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The 15th Annual Agroecology Shortcourse will be held in Nicaragua in July 2014!

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International Agroecology Shortcourse

shortcourseThe International Agroecology Shortcourse is designed for scholars, practitioners and anyone interested in learning more about agroecology, participatory research and whole-systems approaches to agriculture and food systems development. The course lasts two weeks and is hosted by partner organizations in the U.S. and Latin America, including the Community Agroecology Network (CAN), the University of California at Santa Cruz, The University of Vermont, Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo and the Tropical Agriculture Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), among others.

The 15th Annual Agroecology Shortcourse - with the theme of "Agroecology and Social Transformation: Transdisciplinarity, Health, and Human Development" will be held in Nicaragua in July 2014.

The Community Agroecology Network (CAN) and the Social Development Organization of Nicaragua,along with an interdisciplinary coordinating committee, announce the "XV International Agroecology Shortcourse which will be held in the Parque de las Ciencias Estelimar, located near the city of EstelĂ­ in the north of Nicaragua from July 6-18, 2014. The main topic of the course is Agroecology and Social Transformation: transdisciplinarity, health, and human development. Nicaragua is a nation that faces difficult challenges in terms of creating and promoting a food system that does not compromise health, human development, and the environment. Among rural producers and consumers nationwide, there are challenges and opportunities within the context of dependence on export production (especially coffee), cultural changes, climate change, and social and political structures. Nicaragua is also a place where agroecology exists as a viable strategy for addressing these problems and is supported by different social movements that include the agricultural sector, unions, academics, politicians, and nongovernment organizations. The objective of this shortcourse is for participants to develop conceptual and methodological skills to be able to incorporate the basic principles of agroecology into a process of social transformation that is focused on health and human capacity to achieve sustainable, healthy, and just development.

Previous International Agroecology Shortcourses

Information on International Agroecology Shortcourses in Vermont is listed below. To learn more about all of the past Agroecology Shortcourses, go to the previous courses archives from The general site has links to additional resources and information.

  • The 14th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse Came to Vermont!

In 2013, for only the second time in its history, the International Agroecology Shortcourse was held in Vermont. The 2013 course theme was Agroecological Approaches for Climate Change and Food Systems Resilience. The course brought together 38 participants from Mexico, Australia, England and all over the US, including UVM students, professors, extensionists and others working in nonprofit organizations. For two weeks in early July, participants engaged in intensive classroom and outdoor learning. Topics ranged from ecological foundations to food sovereignty to climate change best management practices, and the resilience of all the participants was tested as full days continued into nights out enjoying Vermont’s incredible local food scene. Read more about the course here.

  • International Agroecology Shortcourse Debuts in Vermont!

    2009 marked the debut of the International Agroecology Shortcourse in Vermont. The theme of "Participatory Action Research in Agroecology to Support Sustainable Food Systems", drew participants from all over the world. In addition to providing a solid introduction to the field of agroecology, the course presented a critical overview of participatory approaches and methods, illustrated with long-term, ongoing PAR processes in the U.S. and Latin America. For additional information and to access course documents, please visit the course page

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