AGRI 692-Section 002
International Agricultural Systems
Instructor: Tiffany Weir
Course description: A discussion of both traditional and modern agricultural systems in
developing countries that incorporate not only the agricultural adaptations of these
systems, but examine the influence of cultural norms, land and water rights, and political
systems. This course will also address emerging issues in world agriculture such as
millennium goals, indigenous intellectual property, and sustainability.
Prerequisites: This is a discussion oriented class open to graduate students. A basic
background in either agriculture or a related area such as Horticulture, Biology, or
Botany is assumed.
1. Students will be able to discuss and compare agricultural systems and special
adaptations that are practiced in the developing countries discussed.
2. Students will learn what is required for phytosanitary certification and be aware of
trade-related issues pertaining to agricultural commodities.
3. Students will be involved in active discussions about internationally important
agricultural topics such as gender issues, and land and water rights.
4. Students will learn about a variety of career opportunities in international
agriculture (ie. CGIAR centers, APHIS, FAO, non-profits, etc)
Tentative Schedule of Lecture Topics
Jan 19 Course Introduction, Syllabus, Expectations
26 Terra Preta-Prehistoric “Dark earth” of the Amazon
Feb 2 Subsistence Farming in the Peruvian Andes (w/Jose Zenozain)
9 Chinampas and Waru waru-Floating gardens and islands of plenty
16 Acequias and Three Sisters farming
23 Rice cultivation in the Phillipines (Adam Heuberger)
Mar 2 Community gardens/sack gardens in Africa (Valerie Stull)
9 Group Project Assignments and Discussion
16 Spring Break (no class)
23 Greenhouses and Irrigation in Afghanistan (Stephen Davies)
30 The Lost Crops: New Life for Old Staples
April 6 Phytosanitary requirements and trade regulations (USDA,APHIS)
13 The Potato Park: Preserving A Way of Life (W/Carolyn Davidson)
20 Agro-tourism’s economic impact on rural communities
27 Careers in International Agriculture/Group presentations
May 4 Group presentations
Final’s week Final Exam
There is no required text for this course however, weekly reading material based on topic
will be assigned and made available.
Tentative Grading Policy:
Final Exam 40%
Group presentation 40%
Attendance and Class Participation 20%
I anticipate that this class will be highly interactive with live demonstrations and group
participation. Therefore attendance is important. More than 2 unexcused absences will
affect the participation portion of your grade.
Academic dishonesty includes cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of work and will not
be tolerated in this class. Definition of actions falling under academic dishonesty and the
policies for handling such incidents are outlined in the Colorado State University General