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The 16th Annual Agroecology Shortcourse will be held at the University of California Santa Cruz in July 2015!

Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group


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 16th Annual Agroecology Shortcourse-  Course Theme: Agroecology, A Global Movement: Tracing Our Roots and Looking Forward

The 16th Annual Agroecology Shortcourse will explore the roots of agroecology as a global movement as well as a science and a practice. Santa Cruz, California offers the ideal context to examine historical and current issues of social and environmental equity and sustainability that agroecology movements confront all over the world. The course aims to introduce agroecology and strategically connect the diverse and powerful agroecology experiences and movements active worldwide and create a collective overarching view of the current global situation. We will end the course with a vision of how to better facilitate cross-fertilization across agroecology movements and overcome obstacles to convergence.

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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