10-14 of October 2022
Agroecology is based on intensification of ecological regulatory processes based on interaction of diverse organisms within the field and landscape and hence less dependency on inputs and less negative impact of agriculture on the environment. Agroecology goes beyond agronomy - it is also about local and socially just food production with reduced food transportation and losses and improved economic resilience and food sovereignty on a regional scale. Therefore, development of agroecological systems becomes particularly important for survival during crises, when external supplies of fuel, agrochemicals, and seeds are reduced or impossible.
This autumn school presents approaches and methods of agroecological food production with special emphasis on highly diverse permaculture systems and compact urban farming systems that are presented as solutions to the food crisis and as management practices that sustain biodiversity.
The aim of the transnational summer school is an exchange of students from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) School of Life Sciences on the TUM Campus Weihenstephan and the Open International University of Human Development “Ukraine” in Kyiv on topics of high social relevance such as sustainable land use, climate change, biodiversity and food safety. Different approaches, challenges and opportunities of sustainable food production are developed and discussed, with a focus on agroecology and urban agriculture with current topics such as agrobiodiversity, polyculture, agroforestry, ecosystem functions and services, sustainable urban agriculture and urban food production.
The students discuss these topics with international experts. The theoretical knowledge will be conveyed to the students and case studies will be used to show how sustainable food production can be understood and implemented.
In addition to training in content, the summer school also aims to promote long-term cooperation between the institutions and the exchange between students, teachers and practitioners. We hope that this summer school is a first step towards networking and that it can be built on in the years to come.
The School is organized by the Hans Eisenmann-Forum for Agricultural Sciences of the Technical University of Munich and funded by the Joachim-Herz-Foundation and The Foundations of the Cologne Gymnasium and Endowment Fund. Project partners areOpen International University of Human development "Ukraine" and NGO "Permaculture in Ukraine".