Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group
International Agroecology Shortcourse
The 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 14th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse is coming to Vermont!
In 2013, for only the second time in its history, the International Agroecology Shortcourse will be held in Vermont. From July 7th-20th, 2013, participants from around the world will gather at UVM to learn about "Agroecological Approaches for Climate Change and Food Systems Resilience."
What is agriculture’s role in contributing to climate change? What are opportunities within agriculture to mitigate or adapt to a changing climate? When we talk about agriculture, do we mean smallholder farmers, industrial agriculture or both? These questions will be on the table during the 14th Annual International Agroecology Shortcourse, where the theme is the application of agroecological approaches to support resilience to climate change and promote robust, sustainable food systems. Farmers are constantly innovating in their daily practice, and much can be learned by identifying and analyzing existing agricultural management strategies that have the potential to adapt to and/or mitigate climate changes. By integrating ecological and social sciences with farmer’s knowledge, agroecologists believe it is possible to both design and manage more sustainable agri-food systems and address global environmental change.
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 www.agroecology.net. The general site has links to additional resources and information.
2009 was 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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