SNAP Project produces integrated curriculum on Agroecology for Tanzanian district government

In early May, Rachel Bezner Kerr provided Singida Disitrict officials the official integrated curriculum on agroecology, nutrition, socila equity and climate change as an output of the Singida Nutrition and Agroecology Project (SNAP). Representatives from Action Aid Tanzania and the Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science & Technology participated in the event and hosted discussions by farmers on the importance of botanicals, intercropping, and legumes to support biodiversity and healthy soils.

New course on ‘Just Food’ will challenge students’ perceptions of food systems

Rachel Bezner Kerr, professor of development sociology, and Frank Rossi, associate professor of horticulture in the School of Integrative Plant Science will be teaching a new course that will challenge students’ perceptions and deliver insights into both domestic and international food systems. This course will offer students a unique perspective on food production through the combination of social science and physical science instruction.

Podcast - Jahi Chappell and Rachel Bezner Kerr on Food Sovereignty

Development Sociology graduate student Stephanie Enloe sits down with Dr. Jahi Chappell, Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Agroecology, Water, and Resilienceat the University of Conventry as well as Professor Rachel Bezner Kerr of Cornell’s department of Development Sociology. They discuss Dr. Chappell’s recent book, “Beginning to End Hunger“, and his insight into food sovereignty movements in Brazil. This is brought into contrast with Professor Bezner Kerr’s longstanding work in Malawi; the discussion covers the key concepts of food sovereignty, food justice, agro-ecology, and how best practices can be transferred across locations.

Listen to the podcast here.

Curriculum allows farmers to lead climate change education

A Cornell-led project is helping smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa engage in sustainable and equitable agricultural development through an innovative curriculum that literally puts farmers center stage.loring the connections between agroecology (applying ecological principles to sustainable farming), nutrition, social equity and climate change, the curriculum is shared with the farmers through dramatic performances, experiential learning and small group discussions.