The agricultural sector, which includes industrial agriculture, falls far short when it comes to sustainability. Overfertilization is harming ecosystems. Other negative impacts occur through high levels of pesticide use, CO2 emissions, and soil compaction. And incomes – for the people who work the land – are low. Although research has identified numerous solutions to these problems, implementation is slow and not widespread. A major problem is that many actors in the agricultural sector lack the necessary knowledge of how political and scientific sustainability concepts can be translated into practice.
This is where CAAST (Community for Applied Agricultural Sustainability Teaching) comes in. It enables lecturers at agricultural faculties and on environmental and sustainability courses to provide students with the practical skills needed to shape sustainable agriculture and food systems. After their training, the young people are able to act as “Change Agents” and to drive forward the transformation to sustainable agriculture and equitable food systems.
Sustainable agriculture and food systems require a holistic understanding and a context-specific approach. Project participants learn how to use an innovative didactic concept to bridge the gap between theory and practice – and thus to develop effective strategies and measures for disseminating sustainable practices.
The project aims to establish an active “Community of practice” of university teaching staff, whose members
Methodologically, the project builds on successful approaches taken by CDE and HAFL:
In the CAAST project, the two methods will be combined, developed further, and scaled up and out, to make teaching methods for sustainable agriculture more easily and widely accessible. CAAST will initially be launched in German-speaking countries before being expanded internationally.
Lecturers at (agricultural) higher education institutions who are interested in participating in CAAST are welcome to join the network at any time. Members benefit from the web platform with innovative ideas for good teaching, networking events and easy access to experts from a wide range of disciplines.Interested? Then, please contact: email@example.com