Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies (AFES)
- Can we feed the world and achieve economic development while conserving ecosystems and improving the livelihoods of peasants and the rural poor?
- How do we understand and tackle the interlinked agrarian and environmental crises?
- What types of policies create sustainable development that guarantees justice, equality and autonomy for poor and marginalized communities?
The focus of the AFES Major is on the social, political and economic dynamics of rural and agrarian change and environmental degradation, seen from a wider perspective of rural and rural-urban links, and across the Global South-North divides to include emerging international actors in agro-environmental terrain, such as BRICS.
After completing the Major, participants will have developed a critical understanding of key processes facing the agricultural and rural sectors and the livelihoods of rural people, as well as the structures and processes that influence sustainable development. They will be familiar with useful tools in analyzing policies and strategies of governments, NGOs, social movements and private companies.
This Major targets professionals and students who have worked on or are interested in rural development and environmental issues. They can be recent graduates, or come from international development agencies, national governments, donor organizations, NGOs, social movements, trade unions, and from wider constituencies such as journalists, community-based workers, and agrarian-environmental activists.
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From the AFES team
Within the MA programme students have an option to specialize in one of our 16 specializations. Take a look at the current specializations on offer.
These specializations are particularly relevant to the AFES major
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