Agroecology: An Intensive Short Course

Date & Hours: Friday, May 20, 2016, 9:00 - Saturday, May 21, 2016, 12:00
Venue: 【Lecture】Lecture Hall, RIHN( → Access)
【Farm Visit】Hanazono and Keihoku in Ukyo-ku (Minibus)
Organized: Small-scale Economies Project, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)
    20th May (Fri), 2016
  1.   9:00 - 12:00 Lecture
  2.  12:00 - 12:45 Lunch
     (Transportation by minibus will be provided.)
  3.  12:45 - 18:00 Farm Visit
  4.  (Details are provided below.)

    21st May (Sat), 2016
  5.   9:00 - 12:00 Lecture
Lecturers: Professor Miguel Altieri (University of California, Berkeley/RIHN Invited Scholar) ⇒ Lecture Schedule
Dr. Clara Nicholls (University of California, Berkeley)
Coordinater: Junko Habu, Ichiro Motono
Capacity: 20 seats available
⇒ Registration Form(Excel / PDF
Cost:PY1,000 for lunch box 20th May (Pre-order required) Lunch box will be served for those who pre-ordered. Please pay at the reception desk. You can also bring your own lunch box.
Registration: Please send an email including name, affiliation, email address, phone number and whether you require lunch box or not to Ms. Takehara E-mail by no later than 17:00 on 10th May (Tue), 2016. You will receive a confirmation email regarding your participation. Please kindly note that there is a limit on the number of participants.
Course Description:

Agroecology is a scientific discipline that uses ecological theory to study, design, manage and evaluate agricultural systems that are productive but also resource conserving. The main focus of agroecology is to revitalize small farms around the world for the purpose of achieving resiliency, sustainability and food sovereignty. This course will provide a brief introduction to the theory and practice of agroecology in the design of biodiverse, productive and resilient farming systems. Main themes are as follow:

  • The crisis of modern agriculture
  • The role of biodiversity in agroecosystems
  • Agroecology and the transition towards sustainable farming systems
  • Agroecology and climate change resilient farming systems
  • Agroecology, rural development and food sovereignty
Contact:Ms. Takehara
Small-scale Economies Project, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature (RIHN)
Phone: 075-707-2240/FAX:075-707-2508


Farm Visit: As a part of this workshop, the participants will visit two farms in Kyoto. Transportation by minibus will be provided from RIHN to farms. Traveling time might change due to traffic.

  1. 12:45 Departure from RIHN
  2. 13:25 Field visit at a farm in Hanazono, Ukyo-ku (approx. 60mins)
  3. 14:30 Departure from a farm in Hanazono
  4. 15:15 Break at Woody Keihoku (15 mins)
  5. 15:30 Departure from Woody Keihoku
  6. 16:00 Field visit at a farm in Keihoku, Ukyo-ku (approx. 60mins)
  7. 17:10 Departure from a farm in Keihoku,
  8. 18:00 Arrival at RIHN