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  • 27 days
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The course aims to increase awareness and competencies about food issues and transition in agriculture and rural areas and to prepare students in order to design future sustainable transitions pathways able to meet medium and long-term societal and consumer demands. The Food and Innovation in Rural Transition - The Tuscany Case is offered at University of Pisa.

About

European rural areas are populated with small farms. They contribute to the production of food that is, later on, self-consumed or acquired by consumers in both rural and (peri)urban areas. For the mere fact that they operate in rural areas, small farms are part of rural dynamics (e.g. economic, social, environmental) that influence rural transition. In other words, in Europe rural transition goes along to issues related to agriculture and food production and consumption, many rural areas and businesses operating there contributing to food provisioning and acquisition.The Summer School explores if and how small farms impact on sustainable rural transition while contributing to food provisioning and acquisition. In particular, the programme walks students along the investigation of four themes. These themes fall into the four above mentioned factors influencing the sustainability of rural transition and keep a focus on small farming. The themes can be synthesised as it follows:

  • Small farms and interconnection with (peri)urban areas. This theme explores all possible ways small farms create, or fail to create, opportunities for the rural areas to get in touch with (peri)urban. These opportunities include, among other, market relation (e.g. through the buying and selling of products), social relation (e.g. the attraction of (peri)urban people for amusement, economic, health related reasons)
  • Small farms and political agenda. This theme focusses on if, and which, policy acts support directly (e.g. subsidies) or indirectly (e.g. by mentioning small farming as part of broader political strategies) small farms.
  • Small farms, economic viability and socio-cultural suitability. This theme explores how small farms are organised and work. It focusses on their dimensions with respect to production, income generation, employment capacity, market capacity. Moreover, the theme investigates the ability of small farms to produce services (e.g. employment opportunities) and goods (e.g. food products) that are adequate to the local expectations and needs as they are influenced by the socio-cultural and demographic features (e.g. jobs and products for which there is demand of; practices of food Small farms and the environment. This theme focusses on the impact of small farms on the environment. Namely, on the way small farms activities impact on the use and 
  • Small farms and the environment. This theme focusses on the impact of small farms on the environment. Namely, on the way small farms activities impact on the use and reproduction of genetic resources, agroecosystem services and abiotic factors.
The Food and Innovation in Rural Transition - The Tuscany Case is offered at University of Pisa.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: deadline two weeks before the beginning of the course
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 27 days
    • Duration description

      30 June-27 July

  • Credits
    10 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Work plan

The Summer Course is organized into 3 learning sections:

  • Literature review
  • Research Methodologies
  • Food and Innovation in Rural Transition (case-study)

Some of the main concepts that students will elaborate and debate during the Programme as listed as followings:

  • Transition and sustainable development in rural areas and in agriculture
  • Rural-urban divide and bridge
  • Policies for rural areas and small farms
  • Small farming, concepts and (economic, social, environmental) implications
  • Multifunctional agriculture: concepts and implications;
  • Social learning approach to innovation.

Lecturers

Prof. Francesco Di Iacovo

English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Schedule IELTS

Academic Requirements

  • EU and Non-EU students (University degree or Bachelor degree, Master degree) as well as PhD students
  • Bachelor degree, knowledge of agricultural and rural development elements, Community Agricultural Policy (CAP), good english level.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1650 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1650 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 27 days.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    1650 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1650 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 27 days.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
fees 1.000 euro, accommodation 650 euro

Living costs for Lucca

  • 700 - 1000 EUR/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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