• Sophomore, Junior, Senior
• 2.0 cumulative GPA
• Language Pre-requisite: None
• Good academic and disciplinary standing


Global Health, Food Security, Economic Well-Being

Classroom Language



Guesthouse, Local Hosts
Participants will stay in a variety of housing while on the program including a bed & breakfast, a village home stay, and at a nature reserve.

Program Duration

Future durations of this program will run in the summer, starting summer 2018. There will be no offering in winter 2017-2018.

Future durations will be posted at a later date.

Questions about this program?
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South Africa, Johannesburg
UW Agroecology of Health: Food, Water, & Well Being

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The UW Agroecology of Health: Food, Water, & Well Being program is offered by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) in partnership with IAP.

South Africa is the wealthiest country in sub-Saharan Africa, possessed of great mineral wealth and extensive areas of rich farmland. But it is also the most unequal country in the world, with luxurious suburbs lying directly across the road from desperate slums and rich estates amid devastating rural poverty. South Africa’s poor are some of the poorest people in the world. And the gap between the rich and the poor continues to be highly racialized, despite the end of South Africa’s infamous system of apartheid in 1994. In addition to poverty, the South African poor face numerous challenges with regards to health and ecological well-being, including food insecurity, unclean water, and high rates HIV/AIDS. 

However, despite these challenges, there are many opportunities for improvement. Agroecological approaches to development, combined with strong community ties and a commitment to social justice, can lead to significant improvements in nutrition, livelihood, and local infrastructure. Understanding environmental health and agroecology in South Africa will push students to grapple with the complexities of improving health outcomes in a development context across rural and urban lines.  

Learning Objectives

We have overall Goals and Expectations for Study Abroad Participants, covering the personal, academic and professional aspects of study abroad. Additionally on this program, you can:
  • Understand ecological relationships of semi-arid agricultural systems with an emphasis on water, soil quality, erosion, invasive species, biodiversity, geomorphology, and climate change
  • Learn about the environmental, social, health, and economic potential of various agricultural practices, such as rotational grazing, insect cultivation, and horticulture food gardens
  • Assess the relationships and interplay between the environment and health in focus areas
  • Appreciate the impact of history on modern society of South Africa, with a focus on apartheid and rural isolation within the context of colonialism, neocolonialism, and globalization
  • Evaluate the importance of food security, access to clean water, and agricultural practices on health and well-being for rural and urban populations in South Africa
  • Discuss the burden of disease and threats to well-being, giving attention to root causes of these conditions
  • Communicate with community representatives and health professionals about measures being taken to address key health concerns in the community
  • Understand the importance of working through a variety of disciplines (health care, agriculture, sociology, engineering, nutrition etc.) to contribute to sustainable global health and development
  • Practice respectful and mutual engagement with local populations during site visits and community visits, as well as service learning work
  • Participate in a culturally sensitive and ethical way in community service activities carried out with local partners