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Agriculture in Developing Nations II Gulf Region of Mexico Edition 2007. Cornell University Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán Universidad Veracruzana INIFAP, Campo Experimental “La Posta”, Veracruz Colegio de Posgraduados,Campus Cárdenas IARD 602 course objectives and

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Agriculture in Developing Nations II Gulf Region of Mexico Edition 2007

Cornell University

Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán

Universidad Veracruzana

INIFAP, Campo Experimental “La Posta”, Veracruz

Colegio de Posgraduados,Campus Cárdenas

IARD 602 course objectives and

field trip guidelines

IARD 402

1 December 2006

Robert Blake,Terry Tucker, Charles Nicholson


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IARD 602 (Focus: agriculture and rural development)

(course was initiated in 1968)

IARD 602-Mexico offers a learning

laboratory and multicultural exploration

of

  • agricultural and environmental issues

    and

  • factors affecting rural livelihoods, net economic returns and competitiveness.


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Sponsors

TIES project, Decision Support of Ruminant Livestock in the Gulf Region of Mexico

  • http://tiesmexico.cals.cornell.edu

    • USAID-Mexico through the Association Liaison Office for University Cooperation in Development

  • and TIES partners

    • Cornell University

    • Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán

    • Universidad Veracruzana

    • INIFAP, Campo Experimental “La Posta”, Veracruz

    • with Colegio de Posgraduados, Campus Cárdenas


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IARD 602: key elements

  • Real-world experience and learning to complement other information sources

    • http://ip.cals.cornell.edu/courses/iard602/2007spring/mexico

    • http://ip.cals.cornell.edu/courses/iard602/2006spring/mexico

  • Two course components:

    • “Living laboratory” field trip

    • On-campus study, reflection and reporting

  • Multicultural team building

    • Cornell-UADY-UV international commission of theme groups

      • facilitated by INIFAP and ColPos

      • UADY funding proposal development team


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Field trip expenses and arrangements

Covered expenses:

  • Transportation (5 vans)

    • Bottled water

  • Lodging

    • Student room arrangements: Cornell and UADY women; Cornell, UADY and UV men.

  • Meals

    • Desayuno and comida (large meal in early/mid-afternoon)

    • Farewell dinner in Veracruz (January 17)

  • Excursions

    • Tours by boat and Palenque ruins

  • Your out-of-pocket expenses…

    • Evening meals, souvenirs, and incidentals


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Luggage, clothing and contacts

  • Pack light:one small bag (carry on) plus backpack

    • Clothing for one week; 2nd pair of shoes

    • Personal items including needed medication

    • Hat, sunscreen, layers for elevation (rain)

    • Keep passport, tourist card and other papers in a safe place.

  • Launder clothes en route or in Veracruz

  • Emergency contacts at hotels (see Web site)


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Field visits

  • IARD 602 master handout: description, objec-tives, guidelines, themes, course agenda, itinerary and maps, and participants.

  • See guidelines and advice: punctual, courteous, attentive, appropriate dress ...

  • Class meetings; informal theme group sessions.

    • Share and process observations, information, reporting and discussion. Team building.

    • Develop individual and theme group ideas and topics for term projects. Proposals due January 18.


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Table of contents

Acronyms 2

Course description

  • Overview 4

  • Sponsors 5

  • Objectives 6

  • Strategy 6

  • Field visits and other advice 7

  • Guidelines for term projects and grading 7

  • Emergency contacts 8

    Course agenda 9

    Themes and theme group participants 10

  • Map of the Gulf of Mexico region 12

    Field trip itinerary and travel route maps 13

    Participant photos

  • Theme group 1 25

  • Theme group 2 26

  • Teaching assistants and fellow explorers 27

    Briefs

  • Mexico at a glance 28

  • Summary gender profile 29


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Topographical map

(courtesy of INIFAP)




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Travel route (phase one: 4 days)


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Travel route (phase two: 4 days)


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Travel route (phase three: 4 days)


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Field visits

  • IARD 602 master handout: description, objec-tives, guidelines, themes, course agenda, itinerary and maps, and participants.

  • See guidelines and advice: punctual, courteous, attentive, appropriate dress ...

  • Class meetings; informal theme group sessions.

    • Share and process observations, information, reporting and discussion. Team building.

    • Develop individual and theme group ideas and topics for term projects. Proposals due January 18.


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Themes, theme groups and project reporting

  • Livelihood Systems in Mexico’s Gulf Region:

    • Which are the objectives, needed information, and appropriate actions?(theme group 1)

    • How to make research and extension relevant?(theme group 2)

  • Term projects

    • Written proposals due January 18.

    • Written projects due February 22.

    • Video-conference presentations, Feb 27 to March 13.

  • Recorded presentations at Cornell Transnational Learning(http://ctl1.com)


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¡Gracias, nos vemos pronto!


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