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Tue Dec 17 10:19:44 EST 1996

	The Center for Biological Control at the University of
California, Berkeley and the Institute for Food and Development Policy
(Food First) announces an international short course on Agroecology for
graduate students, researchers, professors, and other agricultural
professionals from around the world to be held in Berkeley, California,
June 16-25, 1997.


	This course will explore the theoretical and practical concepts
and principles of agroecology and their application to the design of
sustainable farming systems in industrialized countries and to the
implementation of appropriate rural development projects in the
developing world.

Academic Activities

	The course will consist of lectures on specific topics given by
invited specialists, group discussions on assigned readings, hands-on
workshops on specific topics, individual and group presentations and
field trips to various organic/transitional farms and field research
projects.  Lectures will be complemented with slides and videos, and all
participants will receive an agroecology reader with the latest articles
in the field.  Participants will have access to the library for
consulting literature and accessing electronic information and data base
	Some of the main topics to be covered in the course include:

	 	Advanced concepts and principles of agroecology
	 	Alternative management of agricultural systems and design
of sustainable agro-		ecosystems
	 	Ecological basis of pest management and biological
	 	Soil management for sustainable production
	 	Methodologies to assess sustainability of farming systems
	 	Ecological economics applied to agricultural development
	 	Conversion of large-scale systems to agroecological
	 	Traditional knowledge and indigenous farming systems
	 	Agroecology and rural development in the Third World
	 	Requirements for s sustainable agriculture

Instructors in Charge

Main course instructors will be Miguel A. Altieri, Ph.D., University of
California, Berkeley and Peter M. Rosset, Ph.D., Food First, joined by a
host of instructors and speakers from the University of California and
other state institutions and organizations.


	Applicants can be professionals and graduate students from
universities, research centers, government and non-government
organizations, private institutions, farmers, etc. that are interested in
agroecology and the promotion of sustainable agriculture.  Enrollment
will be limited to approximately 35 participants.  The course will be in
English (although special sessions may be held in Spanish) therefore, a
working knowledge of English is highly recommended.

Requirements for Admission

	Interested candidates should send an abbreviated curriculum vitae
and a letter before February 15, 1997 explaining their background,
current work, and reasons for taking the course to :
			Dr. Miguel A. Altieri
			University of California
			201 Wellman Hall -3112
			Berkeley, CA 94720-3112
			email: agroeco3 at
			FAX: 510-642-7428

	The participants will be selected by a selection committee and
notified of acceptance by March 15, 1997.


	Upon completion of the full program of the course, participants
will be granted a Certificate of Attendance.


	Tuition fees for participants from developed countries are
US$1,000 and $650 for developing countries.  This amount includes
administration fees, lecture materials, all academic activities, and
field trips.
	Accommodations and dining services are separate and cost
approximately $50/day including double occupancy and three meals per day
served cafeteria style.  Total cost is anticipated to be around $600 for
the period arriving June 15th and departing June 26th.  Stay for a period
before June 15 and beyond the 26th of June is not included.  A few
scholarships covering up to 50% of accommodation and dining services will
be available to participants from developing countries that can
demonstrate special need.

	Once accepted, participants should pay course fees in advance in
US dollars payable through a United States bank To: Food First before May
1, 1997.

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