Sustainable Agriculture and Environment in Nicaragua (DSSP, DVCC for completing both courses)

Seminar (ANSC 371, 1 credit) University of Maryland, Fall 2023. Prerequisite for ANSC 372.

Travel Abroad (ANSC 372, 2 credits) Winter Term, Jan. 2-16, 2024. Requires completion of ANSC 371.

To enroll or more information: Global Maryland UMD – Nicaragua.

Nicaragua is a model for sustainable development having increased resilience to climate change, eliminated hunger, decreased poverty and illiteracy, while producing 90% of its own food and exporting beef, coffee, and fruit. All of this was achieved while decreasing per capita greenhouse gas emissions which are 1/8 as high as in the US.

This two-part course will discuss the effects of colonialism and systemic racism on the people and environment of Nicaragua. It will include a broad range of topics relating to the history and current situation in Nicaragua, land reform, agricultural practices, food security, food sovereignty (domestic food production), and environmental protection.

It includes a fall seminar that meets one day per week to hear from speakers in person and from speakers online from around the world including Nicaragua. In the Winter term, we will travel to Nicaragua for two weeks for a study abroad portion. Writing short papers is required for both courses.

You will practice hands-on techniques in agroecology, visit farms, and explore eco-tours.  You may swim in a pristine volcanic lake, ride horseback in cloud forests, and observe turtle hatching.  A major focus will be techniques to decrease impacts of climate change, and to decrease greenhouse gas emissions while mitigating poverty and maintaining food sovereignty. Nicaragua produces 90% of the food it consumes and exports beef, coffee, and fruit among other items. Per capita greenhouse gas emissions are one eighth as high as for the US. You will learn how they are able to achieve these stunning accomplishments.

The course is offered in conjunction with the Nicaraguan farm organization Friends of ATC (Association of Rural Workers).  Speakers will include US and Nicaraguan experts representing different sectors of society and discussing the Nicaraguan revolution and how their economic model allows them to address climate change while decreasing poverty and improving food security and food sovereignty.  


Seminar at UMD, ANSC 371 (Fall, 1 credit) Prerequisite for ANSC 372

Travel Abroad, ANSC 372 (Winter (Jan 2-16), 2 credits) Requires completion of ANSC 371.

Upper Level Animal Science Elective

Sustainability Minor Elective (Social & Human Dimensions)

Scholarship in Practice (DSSP)

Cultural Competence (DVCC)

Students must take both ANSC 371 and ANSC 372 to receive 3 credits Sustainability Minor Elective, DSSP and DVCC.