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Agroecology – The Future of Food

Course dates: 
Wednesday, 17 May, 2017 to Friday, 19 May, 2017

With Miguel Altieri and guests

Today we live in a world with an abundant supply of food. Therefore how is it possible that hunger grows worldwide?

Humanity, and it's increasing numbers, urgently needs an alternative agricultural paradigm, one that works in harmony with nature and values forms of farming that are ecologically, biodiverse, resilient, sustainable and socially just.

This short three day course brings two leaders of a new paradigm, one that in reality is already being enacted by millions of small-holders, family farmers and indigenous people all around the world.

Evidence from this type of farming, based on the principles of agro-ecology, is being clearly shown to enhance food security while conserving natural resources, and empowering local, regional and national small scale farmers organisations and movements.

Join us to learn more about the ecological, social, economic, cultural and political dimensions of a new agricultural paradigm and how it is taking shape around the world and in the UK, whilst visiting some of the growing projects here at Schumacher College.

This course is based in the classroom in the field and is a mix of philosophy, practice, inspiration and action.

Learning Outcomes:
• Knowledge about the principles of ecological food systems and their application for the design of biodiverse, productive and resilient farms
• Understanding of the principles that underlie successful ecological initiatives that promote food sovereignty
• How ecological food production can be used to promote socio-political change of the dominant food systems

Who is this course for?
This course will appeal to students, researchers, farmers and public in general interested in food justice, and alternative agricultural production systems.

Miguel A . Altieri

Miguel A . Altieri received a BS in Agronomy from the University of Chile and a Ph.D in Entomology from the University of Florida. He has been a Professor of Agroecology at UC Berkeley since 1981 in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. Dr. Altieri served as a Scientific Advisor to the Latin American Consortium on Agroecology and Development Chile an NGO network promoting agroecology as a strategy for small farm sustainable development in the region. He also served for 4 years as the General Coordinator for the United Nations Development Programme’s Sustainable Agriculture Networking and Extension Programme which aimed at capacity building on agroecology among NGOs and the scaling-up of successful local sustainable agricultural initiatives in Africa, Latin America and Asia. In addition he was the chairman of the NGO committee of the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research whose mission was to make sure that the research agenda of the 15 International Agricultural Research Centers benefited the poor farmers of the. Currently he is advisor to the FAO-GIAHS program – (Globally Ingenious Agricultural Heritage Systems) a program devoted at identifying and dynamically conserving traditional farming systems in the developing world. He was for 6 years President of the Latin American Scientific Society of Agroecology. He is the author of more than 250 publications, and numerous books including Agroecology: The Science of Sustainable Agriculture and Biodiversity, Pest Management in Agroecosystems and Agroecology and the Search for a Truly Sustainable Agriculture.


£ 360.00
Course fees include all meals, field trips, materials and all teaching sessions. The programme will run from Wednesday to Friday and includes two nights private accommodation and all vegetarian meals. We recommend attending this course as a fully residential participant however for you may choose to book as a non-residential participant. Please call 01803 847237 for more details.