Call for Applications: Latin American School for Food Systems Resilience

[The call for applications is available in Spanish]

Latin-American School for Food Systems Resilience:

“Transformative socio-environmental learning: fostering food systems innovation grounded in local knowledge.”

Cuzco, Peru – April 22 to May 2, 2019

The Global Diversity Foundation presents the Latin American Academy of Food Systems Resilience (ALLSA 2019). This academy was born from the Global Environments Network (GEN) initiative, whose objective is to train and create networks of inspiring and dynamic environmental leaders in a global action network. Since 2011, GEN has organised five summer academies in Europe, two regional academies and four exchanges of community environmental leaders.

ALLSA 2019 is designed to broaden and deepen our understanding of food systems, understood as socio-ecological systems, through participation, collective learning (“peer-to-peer learning processes”), multi-cultural dialogue and comprehensive and holistic understanding, in order to promote innovative approaches and processes of sustainability for the resilience of local food systems. At ALLSA 2019, regional experts (academics, indigenous leaders, local farmers and entrepreneurs) will participate as mentors, facilitating the co-learning of innovative Spanish-speaking leaders. This year, ALLSA will focus on the promotion of innovation in food systems based on local knowledge its objective is to create a co-learning and networking space for those who are especially interested in these topics.

ALLSA 2019, will be held between April 22 and May 2, 2019 in Cuzco, Peru, in collaboration with the communities of the Potato Park, a Quechua farmers´association that conserves a wide agrobiodiversity of Andean crops, promoting sovereignty food and sustainable ways of life.   

The call is open to young Latin Americans between 23 and 35 years old, coming from indigenous communities, academia, civil society or the private sector. For those people whose native language is not Spanish, they will need to demonstrate that they have a high-level command of the language in order to apply. We invite young changemakers committed to the sustainability of food systems and their associated biocultural diversity. Applications from community and / or Indigenous leaders are very welcome. Candidates should be actively involved in initiatives related to: sustainable agriculture, local food systems, conservation of agrobiodiversity, ancestral knowledge associated with plants and crops, nutrition and health, socio-ecological systems, agroecosystems, fair trade, sustainable food chains or related topics.

The selected candidates must be:

• Change agents

• Leaders in their communities

• Innovators


The selection of finalist candidates will depend not only on the quality of the applications but also on the diversity of the group. Factors such as gender identity, origin, ethnicity, experience and action topics will be taken into account. After reviewing the applications carefully, 25 participants will be selected.

The price of this academy is $800 USD and includes tuition, lodging, meals, field trips and materials. It does not include the cost of travel to the city of Cuzco, travel and medical insurance and other costs of living. Participants are expected to independently seek funding to cover all expenses through scholarships, collective funding campaigns, personal sources, employer support, government funds, or other means at their disposal. Partial scholarships will be available for those with greater economic challenges. Three full scholarships will be awarded to young people from the communities of Parque de la Papa.



Those interested can fill out their application here (link) before July 31, 2018. Keep in mind that the selection process is divided into two stages.

Preselected candidates will receive an email before September 1 indicating that they have passed the first selection phase. From that moment, they must provide additional information on possible sources of financing and other details that we will request at that time. If you applied for one of the partial scholarships you must, at that moment, include documents that demonstrate your need for financial support.

Those who pass this second phase will be informed on October 15 and considered as finalists of ALLSA 2019.

  • To confirm their participation, they must pay the tuition before February 1st.



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