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					                               AGRI 692-Section 002
                           International Agricultural Systems
                                      Spring 2010

Instructor: Tiffany Weir
306 Shepardson
491-4266
tweir@lamar.colostate.edu

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.

Course objectives:
  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



Recommended reading:
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%

Percentage                     Grade
90-100                         A
80-89                          B
70-79                          C
60-69                          D
<60                            F



Attendance policy
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
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
Catalog.

				
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