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Food Security Abroad: Kenya

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Program Type Departmental
Program Location Nairobi and Eldoret, Kenya
Course # SA 11003
Duration Spring Break
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Past Dates
Spring Break 2018 03/10/18 to 03/18/18

Program Leader

Name Elizabeth Brite

Enrollment Details: Enrollment Currently Closed

Program Description


2 cr., Spring Break term.  This is a spring break study abroad course that will take place in Nairobi and Eldoret, Kenya from March 10-18, 2018. The course is designed as an extension of HONR 299: Food Security, a spring course co-taught by Dr. Elizabeth Brite (Honors College) and Prof. Gebisa Ejeta (Director, Center for Food Security).  Course content is design to build on concepts from the semester-long fall course.  All students are welcome, but preference will be given to students who have enrolled in HONR 299: Food Security.

In this study abroad course, students will join Prof. Gebisa Ejeta in a learning experience centered on the operation, future directions, and limitations of food security initiatives in Africa.  Program leaders Elizabeth Brite (Honors College) and Gary Burniske (Center for Food Security) will accompany Prof. Ejeta and the students and serve as primary facilitators for travel, logistics, and instruction in course activities.  Students will join Prof. Ejeta on visits to major aid organizations in Nairobi, Kenya to learn about these organizations’ missions and practices, dialogue with representatives, and engage Prof. Ejeta in class discussions.  We will then fly to the western city of Eldoret, Kenya, where we will lodge at the “IU House” AMPATH-Kenya for several days of learning about research partnerships and farming practices in the area.  In Eldoret, students will learn about the critical role of food security in local livelihoods and its centrality to ongoing initiatives by Purdue University, Indiana University, and others to improve outcomes in the region. 

Academic Credit

Students will earn 2 HONR credits.  Beyond attendance and participation in observational components of the class, students will also play an active role in constructing understandings of food security in Eldoret by conducting a group-assigned, digital storytelling project while in residence.  Students will be tasked with conducting informal interviews of local stakeholders (possible subjects include farmers, aid workers, university researchers, or others).  Data collected from these interviews will provide the basis for a digital story that attempts to construct the worldview (that is, the culturally-informed perspective) of the interviewee(s) towards food security, its primary obstacles and potential solutions.  Upon return to West Lafayette, students will complete the Cultural Values Mapping Exercise and confer in groups to storyboard a digital narrative about food security from the inferred perspective of their interviewee(s).  It is expected that the student groups will conduct additional research as necessary to understand the cultural, historical, political, environmental, and other factors impacting these perspectives.  Upon completion of the course, the student groups’ digital stories will be posted on the Honors College’s new YouTube channel, to be developed in fall 2017 by students in HONR 299: Media Lab.


Students must have a 3.0 GPA or above to be eligible for this trip.  Upon completion of the course, SA credits will convert to HONR credits.  All students are welcome, but preference will be given to students who have previously or are currently enrolled in the fall semester course HONR 299: Food Security.  

Program Cost

The current estimated cost is $2880, not including airfare.  Current RT airfare rates Chicago O'Hare - Nairobi run about $900, though this may change by the time of purchase.  We will be group-booking air tickets so that all students and faculty travel together from O'Hare to our destination.

Students who are interested to attend but are uncertain about costs are encouraged to apply, as we anticipate these costs will not go up but may come down somewhat as we finalize the rate.

Application Deadline

Applications from students are due Oct. 11, 2017.

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