agroecology certificate & training abroad!
Training opportunities for the next generation of food and farming leaders in agroecology
Global Agroecology Pathways Program (GAPP)
– 2024 pilot program featuring experiential training in Kenya
MESA is thrilled to announce this pilot program, scheduled to begin in 2024! GAPP offers a 10-week certificate course offering facilitator-led, interactive online sessions based on agroecology topics where students learn about global sustainable food systems and social movements. Students will also gain fundraising skills to help prepare for the one-month global fellowship to live and train with MESA’s global partner NGO based in Thika, Kenya.
GAPP: Kenya Fellowship includes:
Global Agroecology Certificate Course: In this interdisciplinary series, co-taught by a Public Health Professor Frida Endinjok and Food Systems Educator/Chef Dená Brummer, we explore agriculture as a system of ecological and social processes, with ecological and social consequences. Student learning goals include:
- Developing a vision of agriculture as a social and ecological activity for which we all have many diverse demands and an important role to play.
- Gaining a general understanding of both the natural and social sciences of agriculture, including their basic methods of inquiry.
- Designing and presenting an agroecological plan around food systems and agricultural issues.
- Engaging with the organizations, stakeholders, and personal networks that bring a diversity of solutions to more sustainable and equitable food systems.
Course Overview: 10 facilitator-led, weekly interactive online sessions based on agroecology topics where students learn about global sustainable food systems and social movements. A quarter of the curriculum will focus on guiding students to apply for a grant/fellowship to sponsor their participation in a one-month global fellowship opportunity with MESA’s global partner NGO, Grow Biointensive Agriculture Center of Kenya (G-BiACK), based in Thika, Kenya in July 2024.
For a more comprehensive course overview, click here.
GAPP Fellowship Overview – Hands on living, training and exchange in Thika, Kenya:
- Fellows with spend the month of July, 2024 living and training at G-BiACK, learning and practicing biointensive agroecology. During the latter half of the fellowship, Fellows may opt to train with partnered community-based organizations (CBOs), the cornerstone of grassroots development work in East Africa.
- Basic Schedule: GAPP: Kenya runs Monday through Friday, with most weekdays following an on-campus schedule at G-BiACK or with nearby partner CBOs. Weekends allow for time off to explore the region.
Full Program cost: $3950 includes 10-week certificate course, plus one month of lodging, daily food, hands-on training, travelers’ insurance, excursions, Nairobi airport transfers in Kenya. Airfare not included. Limited scholarships available. Course-only cost: $425.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 10th.
COURSE BEGINS: April 10th.
GAPP pilot funding provided by MESA’s generous annual sustainers.