Why study food security in India?
Perched on the mountainous borders of Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, Sikkim is situated in the Himalayas of northeast India and is the first state to adopt total organic food production, putting it at the forefront of food politics. In this spectacular setting of high peaks and deep valleys, study sustainable agriculture as it contrasts with globalized industrial agriculture. Journey through the Himalayas to learn about biodiversity conservation, organic farming, and farmers’ rights in a system that could hold a solution to future food, nutritional, and ecological issues. The unique perspectives of farmers, villagers, experts and practitioners provide an introduction to the realities of rural life and socioeconomic development in India’s Eastern Himalayas. Visits will include non-governmental organization headquarters, prominent academic and research institutes, and smaller communities. In addition, get hands-on agricultural experience doing farm work during an 18-day village homestay and a self-designed collaborative group project.
- Explore Sikkim, India’s first organic food state, and home to Kanchanjunga, India's highest and the world's third-highest mountain.
- Understand nuances of industrial vs. agroecological agriculture.
- Study the impact of globalization on food production and small farmers.
- Live at Bija Vidyapith (Earth University), Navdanya’s world-renowned conservation farm.
None. Previous college-level coursework or other significant preparation in environmental studies, agriculture, policy studies, sociology, or related fields recommended.