Ag and Food Security in Cuba
Summer 2017 Program
This is a faculty-directed education abroad program. While there are many other options, many students (and parents) find faculty-directed programs to be among the best fit as participants will travel with UK students/faculty and earn exact UK credit.
The Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security in Cuba study abroad program is a two-week field study which will provide students with an up close and personal view of Cuban farms and farmers. The course will give students a broad overview of the current state of Cuban agriculture, its strengths and challenges and its tenuous relationship with the United States. Students will venture into all major tropical agro-ecological zones over about half the 780-mile length of the island.
Program at a glance:
Dates: May 13 - May 27
Academic Credit: Earn four credit hours
GEN 302 and EAP 599 (Undergraduate Students)
PLS 597 and EAP 599 (Graduate Students)
Eligibility: Open to all students
Program Director: Dr. Brent Rowell
Field visits will include tobacco farms in scenic Pinar del Rio in the west, organic vegetable farms of suburban and urban Havana and historic sugar cane farms in the heartland of Villa Clara. They will visit urban organic vegetable production co-ops, local produce markets, government research stations and an agricultural university. Students will learn about historic relationships among Cuba, Spain and the United States and how these relationships have helped shape Cuban agricultural systems. Students will also be given ample time to explore the World Heritage Site of Old Havana with plenty of opportunities to meet and mingle with everyday Cubans.
Visit the UK Education Abroad website for more information.