The Graduate Certificate in Tropical Agricultural Development is designed to prepare individuals with the necessary knowledge and skills to begin a career in the field of International Agricultural Development with primary focus on smallholder farmers. The International Agricultural Development worker needs to be prepared to creatively problem solve, listen to the local community, identify gaps and opportunities in the agricultural landscape, and intimately understand the factors that contribute to cultivating food. In addition, participants will learn how to apply this knowledge within communities through training in cross cultural training, multicultural teamwork, community development, and agricultural experimentation.
This Graduate Certificate includes an intensive 12-month practical component that requires acceptance to the ECHO Internship Program. ECHO is an International nonprofit located in North Fort Myers, FL. Persons interested in this program should apply for the ECHO Internship.
The goal of this program is to enable students to:
- Articulate the importance of small-scale farmers’ contributions in combating food insecurity within communities.
- Implement and evaluate small-scale agricultural techniques in an intern-managed demonstration area.
- Effectively develop cross-cultural agricultural training for adult audiences facing diverse climatic and agricultural scenarios.
- Address diverse and complex agricultural challenges through heightened and informed critical inquiry.