Center-Sponsored Course, Fall 2004

Latin American Studies 150/250:
"Perspectives for Sustainable Rural Development in Latin America"

Dr. Clara Nicholls

This course analyzes the ecological, socio-economic and policy challenges and opportunities facing the rural population of Latin America in today’s globalized economy. After a critique of the impacts of conventional, agro-export development models of agricultural development (green revolution, non-traditional export crops, biotechnology, etc) the elements of a sustainable agroecological development path is discussed, a path that emphasizes local production for food security, poverty reduction, cultural identity and natural resource and biodiversity conservation.

Technical, institutional, policy and market requirements for a sustainable agriculture are also analyzed in detail.

Clara Ines Nicholls has worked extensively in Latin America promoting agroecologically-based approaches to agricultural sustainability. She is an entomologist and rural development specialist with a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. In addition to Berkeley, she also lectures at Stanford’s Center for Latin American Studies.

Wednesdays 3:00–6:00 p.m.
Room 332, Giannini Hall
LAS 150/250, 4 units

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