Global Agricultural Education

UK Sponsored: Tropical Agroecology & Sustainable Development in Indonesia
(Agriculture, Food & Environment)

This interdisciplinary field course focuses on the ecology and culture of agriculture and food systems on theIndonesian islands of Sumatra, Java, and Bali. Through this course, students will develop a holistic understanding of the environmental, economic and social dimensions of agriculture in Indonesia, historic forces driving agricultural development and policy, and challenges to future sustainability. 

Course activities will introduce students to ecological field methods, interview and observation skills, asset-based mapping, and critical reflection activities focused on holistic analysis ofsustainability. Particular emphasis will be placed on agroforestry, organic vegetables, rice, as well as alternative and traditional production systems.


  • Learn about coffee, farming and cooperatives in the mountains of Sumatra

  • Participate in mangrove restoration projects and learn from a fishing community about their challenges to protect the mangroves and farm sustainability

  • Ecology field visit to the world-renowned volcano, Krakatoa, whose eruption in 1883 is still considered to be the loudest sound ever heard in modern human history

  • Trek through the rice fields of Bali and learn about the complex rice farming systems there that have existed for centuries, and are now a UNESCO World Heritage sit

For additional information about the program, please contact:

EA Peer Ambassadors, Education Abroad Resource Center, 315 Bradley Hall - Walk ins are welcome Monday-Friday 9am - 5pm.

Dr. Krista Jacobsen, faculty member in the Department of Horticulture at the University of Kentucky, Dr. Jacobsen will be directing the program.

Ms. Susan McVey, EA Advisor,