Explore challenges facing global and local food systems and examine innovative responses offering promise toward building sustainable food futures.
What is unique about this program?
- Explore the diversity of Ecuador’s agricultural centers from the Amazon to the Andes.
- Experience Spain’s culinary traditions, artisanal methods, and family farming.
- Witness agroecological farming practices amid increasing climate uncertainty on industrial and smallholder farms in South Africa.
What is unique about these locations?
Quito, Ecuador (5 weeks)
One of the most biodiverse countries in the world, Ecuador is home to three distinct ecological zones: the Pacific coast, the Andes Highlands and the Amazon rainforest. Explore Quito’s urban agriculture program, born as a response to increasing food insecurity in the poorest areas of the city. Meet activists, visit NGOs and learn from locals about how the practices of the Good Life and giving legal rights to nature impact sustainability practices. Trek south through the stunning Andes, passing by Machachi, Lasso, and Riobamba, to learn from farmers and local communities about varied models of agricultural production and how food affects their livelihoods.
Bilbao, Spain (5 weeks)
Spain is known worldwide for its Mediterranean diet, the attendant health outcomes, and the development of vanguard cuisine. During your time in Spain, you will discover the deep relationship of Spanish culture and history with food, livelihoods, and the modes of production. You will examine the current debates around mass production and its impact on the environment and learn how farmers or fishermen are recovering their traditional agriculture knowledge as a way of preserving threatened traditions while strengthening their identity and constructing food sovereignty. You will also explore the impacts and influence of the European Union on small-scale rural producers and take an excursion to the western region of Extremadura to compare food systems and practices.
Cape Town, South Africa (5 weeks)
South Africa presents a unique opportunity to explore the complexities and contestations of food systems within a framework of racialized socio-economic inequality. By spending time with locals in the city of Cape Town and nearby rural communities like Arniston village, students will have the opportunity to learn from academics, farmers, fishers, policymakers, NGOs, and activists while exploring the relationships between political and economic forces in the lives of ordinary people. Navigating a South African landscape full of contradictions, students will engage with a broad range of issues including urbanization, land ownership, health and nutrition, child labor, indigenous knowledge systems, climate stress, government policies and the effects of COVID-19 on food systems, security and sovereignty.
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