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Delve into sustainable agriculture on a Tuscan estate and explore how experts in the international community are confronting challenges of food security, nutrition, and health.
WHY STUDY FOOD SECURITY IN ITALY?
Examine the intersecting issues of food security, health, and sustainable development while exploring the rich and varied culinary traditions of Tuscany and Italy. While on the program you will live at Castello Sonnino, an historic estate dating back to the 13th century, located within walking distance of the village of Montespertoli and 20 minutes from Florence. The castello lies at the heart of a 150-hectare farm that produces high-quality olive oil and wine, including Chianti Montespertoli D.O.C.G.
In addition to your time at Castello Sonnino, you will also gain hands-on experience with some of Tuscany’s historic sustainable agricultural practices through a practicum on a local farm. While there, you will also explore how communities are addressing health and nutritional needs.
On an excursion to Rome you will have the opportunity to engage with experts at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and gain an in-depth look at how the international community is addressing today’s challenges of food security, nutrition, and health around the world. Throughout the program you will also have the chance to enjoy Tuscany’s rich culinary traditions and explore the rapid development of the slow food movement, which originated in Italy.
- Live in the 13th-century Castello Sonnino and engage in a unique historic-cultural experience.
- Gain hands on experience with practicum at a local farm and learn about ancient farming in Tuscany.
- Network with professionals at major international organizations.
- Uncover sustainable agriculture’s role in fostering food security and public health.
- Explore the cultural diversity and rich culinary traditions of Tuscany and Italy.
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- Sustainable agriculture
- Impact of climate change on food sovereignty and global health
- Ancient farming and sustainability
- Obesity, under-nutrition, and inadequate nutrition
- Infant and child feeding
- Slow food culture in Italy
Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
- All educational costs, including educational excursions
- All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
- Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
- Health and accident insurance
- SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
- All scholarships and grants are need-based.
- Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.
- Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
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