The 3rd summer school, implemented as part of the MS FSCC (Master of Science for Food Security and Climate Change) master's degree, focuses on the theme "Sustainable and Resilient Food Systems in Vulnerable Areas". It brings together 44 participants from 17 different countries, both European and South-East Asian.
This annual summer school is jointly organized by the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB), the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) and SEARCA. It takes place from 15 to 31 July 2019 at SEARCA, including field work, in Camarines Sur from 19 to 29 July.
The summer school takes place at the University of the Philippines in Los Banos (UPLB), in the premises of SEARCA (SouthEast Asian Region Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture).
In parallel, the "Training of Trainers" (ToT), where teacher-researchers from the partner or associated institutions of the project (15 in total) are brought together to attend the summer school and study together the conditions for integrating the FSCC Master of Science into their own institution, as well as a summer school type course, combining practical and theoretical and multidisciplinary aspects, going beyond the scope of a lecture course.
The ToT was organized by Didier Pillot, project manager at the Montpellier SupAgro International Relations Department, in partnership with Dr. Nuttakan Nitayapat of the University of Kasetsart (Thailand). This week will be followed by a week of field work in the Camarines Sur region in the south of the island of Luzon, so that students can put into practice an agrarian diagnosis assisted by the teachers who will accompany them for this phase.
Dr. Edna A. Aguilar, coordinator of the summer school on site with BOKU and Didier Pillot, came to Montpellier Supagro last autumn to attend courses combining field and practical training with other teachers.