Introduction – Introducción

Introduction: Whence this class – Porque esta clase

Purdue University and the government of Colombia have established a unique partnership to facilitate collaborations and exchanges among our education institutions. Within this framework is possible to propose and implement nontraditional collaborations that enable and accelerate the preparation of scientists and professionals needed to successfully meet the challenges of the 21st Century. The department of Agricultural Economics, AGEC has developed a jointly taught course of interest to the three institutions, Purdue University, University of Caldas, and the Technical University of Pereira, or UTP. The course contents will be focused on Food Security and Sustainable Development, it will be offered by the department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue, the Faculty of Environmental Sciences of the UTP, and the School of Agriculture at the University of Las Caldas. To enhance the competences offered, it will be taught using mixed modes of delivery, on-line and in-class.

 Thus this course provides an international and multidisciplinary perspective on food security and resources. The focus will be on case studies that represent different regions of the world with special emphasis on the changing conditions for tropical agriculture. The case studies, discussed in the context of the Millennium Development Goals, will help students gain knowledge and understanding of regional variations of food security and resources, sustainable development and economic growth throughout the world.


Seguridad Alimentaria y Desarrollo Sostenible tiene como meta proveer una perspectiva multidisciplinaria e internacional sobre recursos naturales y seguridad alimentaria. Se presentaran Casos de Estudio centrados en varias regiones geográficas, con énfasis en agricultura tropical. Estos casos regionales se discutirán en el contexto de las  metas propuestas por el Proyecto del  Milenio para el Desarrollo de la ONU y eso ayudara a los estudiantes a un entendimiento mas cabal y certero de las variaciones entre regiones en términos de acceso a recursos y provisión de alimentos, como asimismo las variaciones en los esquemas de desarrollo sostenible a través del mundo.


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