Why Study Food Systems?
Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.
As global temperatures and populations rise, food availability and access become increasingly strained. Journey from Atlanta and Athens, Georgia, in the United States, to Ecuador, Malawi, and Italy, as you study how food production, distribution, and consumption are affected by climate change, global trade, and historic inequalities. Learn about alternative farming practices, government programs, and innovative food safety and trade regulations from farmers, activists, and policy experts. See the University of Georgia’s precision agriculture lab in Tifton, and compare it to small, organic, cooperative farms in Italy. Live with a farming family in Malawi, tour major farming hubs of Ecuador, and network with United Nations institutions in Rome, including the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Committee on World Food Security, and the International Fund for Agriculture and Development. Across continents, explore gastronomy as a key driver of economic growth, and the importance of celebrating food, while uncovering solutions that offer the most promise for sustainable food futures at local, national, and global levels.
Explore a Day in the Life of an IHP student!
- Explore the diversity of Ecuador’s agricultural centers from the Amazon to the Andes.
- Experience Italy’s culinary traditions, artisanal methods, and family farming.
- Witness agroecological farming practices amid increasing climate uncertainty on smallholder farms in Malawi.
- Investigate the history and legacy of plantation agriculture in the US South.