Explore agroecological principles and systems, food production, and nutritional security in the Himalaya—one of the most fragile, biodiverse, and important ecological systems in the world.
Study in Sikkim, a stunning mountainous state and ecological hotspot.
Examine how climate change, globalization, and government policies impact local food production and nutritional security in mountain communities.
Meet experts and practitioners with unique perspectives.
Spend two weeks in the foothills of the Himalaya.
Get hands-on agricultural experience doing farm work during four village homestays.
Design and participate in a collaborative group project relevant to local farming communities and focused on food and agriculture systems.
Explore traditional and integrated agricultural systems, agro-biodiversity conservation, and food culture.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
In conjunction with your host community, you and your group will design a collaborative project related to food that is relevant to the community’s needs.
In the early part of the program, potential ideas for collaborative projects, grounded in mutual interests, will emerge from your immersive experiences within your host community. These ideas will be developed through dialogue with community members and frequent critical reflection sessions supported by academic literature. You will have further conversations with community members on the project type and its design by the end of week three.
Next, you will focus on project design, execution, and preliminary implementation. After that step, you will focus on the realization, assessment, and trouble-shooting of the proposed project.
Engagement in this hands-on project will equip you to understand and analyze the sustainability of food production and nutrition security within rapidly changing agricultural systems, the complexity of food politics and organic food production, impacts of climate change, and community-based action focused on food and nutritional security. You will also have acquired new skills in implementing innovative techniques to promote sustainable food production in other contexts.
Key Topics of Study
Key issues of food systems at global, national, and state levels
Agroecology’s basic principles and values and its application in mid-hill small farming ecosystems
Soil fertility, sustainable land use, agroforestry, and livestock in ecological agriculture vs. industrial food systems
Agro-biodiversity: food culture and habits
Women’s role in agro-biodiversity conservation and management and local food and nutritional security
Globalization’s effects on Indian agriculture and small farmers in mountain communities
Food and nutrition diversity in the context of globalization, climate change, and conflicting government policies
Climate change, agriculture and food security
Food and Nutritional security
Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
All educational costs, including educational excursions
All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
Health and accident insurance
SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
All scholarships and grants are need-based.
Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.
The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program.
Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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