Costa Rica: Sustainability of Tropical Agroecosystems
Journey to lush, wild Costa Rica, a country rich in biodiversity, to explore the role of sustainability in the coexistence of agriculture and native ecosystems.
About the Program
During this three-week field course, you’ll experience Costa Rica’s rainforest, cloud forest, dry forest, coastal and volcanic ecosystems. You’ll visit small- and large-scale, homegrown and hightech agricultural operations to gain an appreciation for the diverse agricultural products that come from this tropical country and see the effects of climate and geography on ecology and agriculture.
Interact with local producers on an array of agricultural operations to learn about the challenges they face, the practices and systems they use on their farms and the role of sustainability. You’ll explore coffee, pineapple and banana operations and get an overview of sugarcane, cassava, papaya, corn and rice grown in this picturesque country. The course also covers germplasm and biodiversity conservation; integration of animals into cropping systems, specifically rotational grazing and beef; and ecotourism and sustainable development — marine resource conservation and community involvement.