In the summer of 2014, I taught 10 talented graduate students from the School of International Service on a trip to Brazil. Over three and a half weeks, they took a Rural Livelihoods and Food Systems (SIS-793) course, and also completed a Practicum in Rural Development, with Iracambi Research Center (SIS-603). 6 Credits in all, very intense! Plus, it was a busy travel itinerary. Our group spent the first four days at CPDOC at Fundação Getúlio Vargas in Rio, then went to Iracambi research center in Minas Gerais, and also visited Ouro Preto for a weekend and learned about urban food security issues from folks in Belo Horizonte’s municipal government.
See here for the group’s summer trip blog.
The student’s final report is available here: “Livelihoods and the Rural Exodus“.
Here is a lovely synopsis of the experience, written by one of the students on the trip.