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Is it true that agroecology is THE solution to the challenges that agriculture faces today—feeding a growing population while conserving natural resources in a world where uncertainties about climate change, biodiversity, energy etc. keep intensifying?
Is agroecology a mere fad, or a significant scientific, technical and political revolution?
This course aims at helping you discover what agroecology is, through the complexity of the various approaches that have emerged over the years and in various regions of the world, and through the ways they can be implemented in the fields, and studied, as agricultural practices.
The syllabus has been designed at the interface of agronomy, ecology and social sciences. The course’s dynamic is one of participative learning, and heavily relies on the social and geographic diversity of the participants.
This course is designed to unfold over 6 consecutive weeks.
Week 1 : Setting up the context—the emergence of agroecology
Week 2 : Narrowing down a definition—the various approaches to agroecology
Weeks 3 and 4 : A view from the trenches—agroecology as a set of agricultural practices
Week 5 : What’s next—the transition to agroecology H
Week 6 : ow does agroecology show up in your neck of the woods—focus on students’ mini-reports
Stéphane de Tourdonnet
Professor of agronomy and agroecology, at Montpellier SupAgro IRC (Institute for Higher Education in Tropical and Sub-Tropical Agri-Food Sciences). Leads the Master of Science Degree in Agriculture, Agronomy and Agri-food, and coordinates the "Agroecology" track. Leads France’s joint research unit “Innovation and Development in Agriculture and Food” (UMR Innovation).
Agronomist, lecturer and researcher at AgroParisTech, a member of UMR Agronomie.
Anthropologist,research engineer at Montpellier SupAgro’s Agroenvironmental Education Institute and adjunct researcher at UMR Innovation.
Zootechnician, lecturer and researcher at Montpellier SupAgro, a member of UMR SELMET (“Tropical and Mediterranean Animal Production Systems”).
Ecologist, lecturer and researcher at Montpellier SupAgro, a member of the Center of Evolutionary and Functional Ecology (CEFE) at France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).
Ronan Le Velly
Sociologist, assistant professor of sociology, a member of UMR Innovation..
Agronomist, lecturer and researcher at Montpellier SupAgro specialized in soil science and ecology, a member of UMR Eco & Sols.
Agronomist, lecturer and researcher at Montpellier SupAgro, a member of UMR System.
Professor of ecology, also Deputy Director General for Academic and Scientific Programmes at Montpellier SupAgro.
Professor of environmental and agricultural economicsat Montpellier SupAgro, Head of the Economic, Social and Management Science Department, amd a member of UMR LAMETA.
Montpellier SupAgro is a French higher university specialising in agriculture and agronomy situated on la Gaillarde campus in Montpellier. It trains students in most of the agronomy and life sciences fields. It is part of Agropolis Fondation. The Montpellier INRA research center is also located on la Gaillarde campus.
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