Field Course in Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security

AGRI 325 (3 credits) was offered in Cuba every summer from 2012 to 2016; we are excited to offer it in Guatemala in 2017!

April 30 to May 12, 2017

With a due date for written course work in mid-June 2017

APPLICATION DEADLINE: extended to January 25, 2017

Allow students to gain experience in a variety of tropical agricultural systems, and analyze the environmental and social sustainability of these systems


• 3-credit intensive course, expect to travel and attend lectures/field visits on any week or weekend day
• Field trips to agricultural enterprises in the Zacapa, Izabal and Alta Verapaz regions of Guatemala
• Direct contact with local professors, field professionals, and farmers

The course is developed and offered in collaboration with Universidad Rafael Landívar.


• Production systems of a variety of crops including oil palm, banana, coffee and tea
• Smallholder and indigenous cropping systems
• Environmental impacts of cropping systems
• Social and food security impacts of cropping systems

Support will be provided to students who would like to stay in Guatemala after the course, to participate in an internship.


Dr. Julie Major, agr. (Tropical Agriculture)
Prof. Philippe Séguin (Plant Science)

COST: $1742.37
(includes all accommodations, meals, transportation within Guatemala and taxes)

Cost DOES NOT include: airfare, tuition, immunizations, health insurance and personal expenses


Submit the completed application form and a cover letter explaining your interest electronically to julie [dot] major [at] mcgill [dot] ca

A maximum of 24 participants will be chosen after the application deadline. Once students are given an offer to participate, they will be asked to register for the course and a non-refundable 500$ deposit will be charged upon registration. The balance of the fee will be due in early February 2017.

DEADLINE: extended to January 25, 2017; offers are currently made on a rolling basis, so don’t delay!

julie [dot] major [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Julie Major)