This 4-week-long, 3 days/week course, is co-taught by McGill and University of the West Indies (UWI) teaching staff. McGill and UWI undergrad students will share the learning experience! This course introduces students to the island agri-food system and importation vs local production issues. Visits to the port of Barbados and grocery stores to view imports and current food situation. Visits to tropical orchards, parks, nurseries, and government centres to view varied aspects of local food production.
This 4-week-long, 3 days/week course introduces undergraduate students to tropical forages and feeds and domestic and wild animal production in Barbados. Land resources, environmental and socio-economic constraints affecting sustainable forage, feed, and animal production in the tropics are examined. Visits to explore the production of small and large ruminants, dairy and poultry. Visits to see nature parks with wild animals and birds on the island.
This 4-week-long, 3 days/week course introduces undergraduate students to tropical energy options (biodiesel, solar, wood, etc.) and related food and bioproducts (ie. Rum industry products) in the tropics. Visits to innovative local production facilities and food industry sites to fully illustrate tropical energy sector and agri-food industries in Barbados.
This is a project-based, research and communication course, designed to solve real-world problems related to nutrition, food, or energy issues at the local, regional, or international scale in Barbados. Under the supervision of the project director, groups of 2-4 students develop working plans, and carry out a pilot research project, in consultation with academic, industrial, governmental, or non-governmental partners. Students will work directly with mentors at a designated host institution in Barbados for 2 days each week over a 14-week interval and present a final report on their findings.