agroecology certificate & training abroad!

Training opportunities for the next generation of food and farming leaders in agroecology

Global Agroecology Pathways Program (GAPP) 

– 2024-2025 pilot program featuring experiential training in Kenya

MESA is thrilled to announce this pilot program, scheduled to begin in September, 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 in July, 2025 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: Orientation + 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 2025.

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, 2025 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.
For a more information about G-BiACK and the Kenya fellowship, click here.

Full Program Fellowship cost: $3950 includes an orientation and 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.


ORIENTATION SESSION (requires application & course payment): September 4th.


GAPP pilot funding provided by MESA’s generous annual sustainers.