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SIT India: Agroecology and Food Security in the Himalaya (Summer)
Sikkim, India (Outgoing Program)
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|Agriculture, Ecology, Food Communication, Food Technology & Management||
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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.
Key Topics of Study
- Key issues of food systems at global, national, and state levels
- Agroecology 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
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|Summer||2019||03/01/2019 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** 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.