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Field Course: Sustainable Agriculture & Food Security in Cuba

"Beyond the vistas of sand and spray lies a country of incredible history and beauty. Born from decades of international strife and economic struggle is an agrarian society worthy of the title "unique." On this island of near isolation a truly fascinating system of agricultural production, distribution, and consumption has developed. This living case study offers students an in-depth view into the technical attributes of the food system while identifying the social and economic conditions from which they arose. In a country with a future as dynamic as its past, AGRI 325 gives students a Cuban experience so rich they taste it."

Michael Bakaic, York University, AGRI 325 student in May 2015

April 29 to May 14, 2016

with some orientation lectures at the end of the Winter term and a due date for written course work in mid-June

Allow students to gain experience in agro-ecological technologies and examine issues related to food security and sustainable agriculture using the Cuban model

• 3-credit intensive course, expect to travel and attend lectures/field visits on any week and weekend day
• Field trips to agricultural enterprises in 5 Cuban Provinces
• Direct contact with field professionals, scientists and local students


• Structure of Cuba’s agricultural sector, regulations, and policies
• Sustainable agricultural practices
• Urban agriculture
• Land use and food security issues


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

COST: $2,529.32
(includes round-trip airfare, accommodations, transportation within Cuba, meals and taxes)

Cost DOES NOT include: 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 2016.

DEADLINE: January 25, 2016

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