The Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) introduces the Certificate of International Training in Agroecology (CITA) program this year.
For the first time ever, U.S. citizens who value learning from small-scale farmers in other countries can participate in a structured program facilitated through MESA’s global network. MESA’s Certificate of International Training in Agroecology (CITA) integrates practical and academic learning for a career in sustainable food systems.
Having sponsored over 600 farmers from developing countries to participate in U.S. farmer-to-farmer mentorships since 1997, MESA recognizes that the strongholds of global food justice exist within the small-scale farm.
CITA Stewards seek to be a part of the solution in repairing our global food system with experience and understanding through meaningful work abroad. MESA’s enthusiastic team of alumni and training sites are eager to provide CITA Stewards with language study and immersion, cooperative learning, mentorship and hands-on work experience.
Interested? Please help MESA shape and launch CITA by taking this survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/L8377Y6
MESA’s mission is to sponsor a new generation of agrarian leaders, linking current innovations with global traditions in sustainable agriculture to promote land stewardship, localized economies and cultural awareness.
Aimed at beginning US farmers, farm interns, college students and graduates, “CITA Stewards” will have an unparalleled opportunity to contextualize and deepen their own US agricultural experiences. Expected to launch as a three-month pilot program in the coming year, MESA will offer CITA programs in Mexico, Ecuador, Peru and Tanzania to:
* Augment on-the-farm vocational training with weekly online curriculum taught by renowned agroecological professors and faculty;
* Provide host country orientation with two-week language study;
* Match CITA Stewards with international organic farms and agrarian communities for 10 week, hands-on training sessions in country-specific areas such as agritourism, urban agriculture, youth education, direct marketing, bio-dynamic production, value-added processing, etc.;
* Expand global connections and foster cross-cultural dialog between small-scale stakeholders;
* Increase reciprocity opportunities for MESA’s global Steward alumni and their community projects;
* Culminate in a Certificate of International Training in Agroecology, giving CITA Stewards an enviable edge for careers in organic agriculture, sustainable supply chains, and international development;
* Foster lifelong connections to MESA’s alumni resources and global network of sustainable advocates.
Our vision is to make CITA an affordable and exceptional program! Fees will cover online curriculum, professor/faculty costs, host country orientation, two-week language study, room, board, local travel, insurance and training. International airfare is not included. MESA will offer limited scholarships based on need.
We invite you to help us create the most valuable training program possible to achieve these goals.
Please help us design a program that is just right for you! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/L8377Y6
For more information on MESA, please visit our homepage: www.mesaprogram.org