Michigan State University: Sri Lanka - Tropical Agricultural Systems in Sri Lanka

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Sustainable Tropical Agricultural Systems offers students a chance to learn about sustaining and increasing agricultural productivity, while preserving environmental integrity, in one of the most complex and diverse ecosystems in the world – the i... read more

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Sustainable Tropical Agricultural Systems offers students a chance to learn about sustaining and increasing agricultural productivity, while preserving environmental integrity, in one of the most complex and diverse ecosystems in the world – the island of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka has the highest species diversity of any Asian country, as well as a diverse agricultural base that includes tea, coffee, coconut, cinnamon, and rubber. This four-week field-based course examines traditional, conventional, and organic production of annual and plantation crops  (including rice, tea and spices), animal production (including aquaculture), and post harvest technology. While focusing on key crops, students will also learn about the environmental and social issues involved in achieving sustainability in rural communities, as well as visit unique ecosystems and ancient historic sites. The course takes place at three locations in central Sri Lanka. Six credits transfer from the University of Peradeniya to MSU as part of the program fee. This hybrid course is taught by University of Peradeniya, but an MSU faculty member will accompany students. The Principal Contact in Sri Lanka for this course, Dr. Buddhi Marambe, wrote the following objectives statement when he proposed this Study Abroad  to MSU. It captures the essence of Sustainable Tropical Agricultural Systems in Sri Lanka.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Agriculture
Minimum GPA:
2.5
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