Agathe Anthonioz (France)
Hello! I'm Agathe, a French student from Toulouse. I have been studying agriculture and life sciences in an engineering school in France for 3 years. I have always been interested in understanding how we can develop our society without compromising our environment. Changing our food system is a stepping stone towards developing a sustainable society through agroecology.
Perinne Attard (France)
Hello Im Perrine from France and im 20 years old. I started 3 years ago a degree at the Life Sciences and Agriculture School of Purpan. Due to this formation, I’ve been aware of all the ecological issues and the challenges that agriculture is faced with nowadays. In an over populated world, feeding humanity seems to be the biggest current issue, especially in light of the global warming. I have been wondering for a long time how we could keep feeding the world and provide for all the food security in a resource-limited planet. My three-month immersion in an organic and biodynamic farm in New-Zealand last year strengthened my aspiration to work in promoting sustainable agriculture. I think the pragmatic interdisciplinary approach provided by the Master program of Agroecology will help to apprehend these challenges and to find concrete solutions for our future.
Monica Blindheim (Norway/USA)
Hi, I'm Monica from Norway. After completion of the Agroecology Autumn Course (PAE302) I am hoping to have learned more about the daily challenges facing farmers both in Norway and around the world. Especially about the multitude of considerations and aspects influencing the decicion making process in agriculture. I hope to have a better understanding of factors affecting food systems and production and how agriculture can be made not only sustainable, but regenerative for both the soil and nature. I expect to be able to explain better what agroecology is about to others, and according to the course description, I will have a better understanding of facilitation and group dynamics. In addition, I should be able to understand systems thinking. This should make me more able to participate actively in transforming food systems and I will have gained more confidence in facilitating and be able to recognize key areas to target for systems transformation.
Anna Brumer (France/Italy)
Hello, my name is Anna. I‘m a french and italian citizen who grew up in Germany. I studied life science at Konstanz University and am excited to be starting the Agroecology programme. Culturally, food has always played a major role in my life and I am hoping this programme will give me the skills to develop agricultural processes permitting high quality food production while protecting the environment. I have always been active in different gardening project and love the outdoors.
Mathilde Conrotte (Belgium)
My name is Mathilde. I have studied bioingeneering in Belgium the last three years (and more). I am keen on starting with you all. Here below are some of my expectations for the first semester of the Msc Agroecology. As far as the learnings are concerned, I really wish to broaden and deepen my vision of agroecosystems structure and functioning from farm to global scales in general. More precisely under the economic and social perspective. In addition, I am very keen on learning interview techniques. Indeed I would like to acquire knowledge and especially skills that I could use to facilitate communication and interaction between farmers, field actors and researchers. Moreover, I would appreciate to enhance my vision of food security and distribution.
Furthermore, I wish to be able to better handle group works. Working in group was still a few months ago something I did not feel comfortable with. Luckily, I had the opportunity in third year bachelor of bioingeneering in Belgium (academic year 2018-2019) to conduct a small case study together with four other students. I am glad to say that it unfolded particularly well. However, I know that I still need to explore lots of aspects of co-working. Indeed, although I understand the richness of it, I used to work alone for years before university and as much as possible during my bachelor, making group work a relatively new and unknown way of working to me. Here are a few things that I would heartily like to further develop during these next months : recognizing and calling upon strenghts, knowledge, skills and creative power of others, sharing mine, communicating efficiently and contructively, dealing with diverging opinions, preventing and solving conflicts,…
So, both because I find it highly useful and enriching and because I expect anyway to encounter situations later in my life for which I will have to work in team, I will do my best to make the most of the learning program that is being proposed to us during this first semester, hoping that way to step a little further on the path of collaboration.
Joanna Costello (New Zealand)
Hi! I'm Joanna Costello from New Zealand, and have been here in Norway since February this year on a working holiday visa! I grew up on a large farm and was always keen to help out with the groundwork, but it’s ultimately been the ”how” and ”why” parts to the industry that captures my attention.
My undergraduate was in Biochemistry and Chemistry, which I then followed up with another year of study in Agribusiness. In my career since, I have already witnessed the benefits of having this unique interdisciplinary mindset and perspective. But with such a strong incline to be more involved in the overhauling of the industry and to see that we challenge current governance with the development of cohesive and resilient solutions for the future - Agroecology was my calling!
I'm most excited to work alongside our international classmates with our varied backgrounds, as well as with the local farmers to set theoretical knowledge into tangible action. Working in agriculture is a lifestyle, and we have to see that right down to the grassroots level, individuals feel the appreciation and are connected with their efforts globally.
Karen Demavivas (USA)
Hello, my name is Karen Demavivas and I'm a Filipino-American currently living in Geneva, Switzerland. Most recently, I was a Global Leadership Fellow at the World Economic Forum where I managed a community of social entrepreneurs and innovators as well as engaged investors in the sustainable and impact investing initiatives of the Forum. One of the initiatives I co-founded was a workshop series called ScaleShop, which brought together entrepreneurs, investors, and government representatives in a cross-mentoring exchange on the challenges and opportunities of impact investing. Among the themes discussed were investing in climate resilient innovations including those in food, agriculture, forestry, and land use. Prior to the Forum, I worked with entrepreneurs focused on sustainable tourism, food, and agriculture at the grass-roots level in Brazil and Thailand. While there, I also did apprenticeships and certifications in permaculture centres, biodynamic farms, agroforestry systems, and other sustainable rural sites. Past work experience included roles at the UN, foundations, non-profit and private sectors. I was also a two time US Fulbright Fellow, having done my fellowships in Thailand and then at UNESCO headquarters. I look forward to embarking on this European MSc in Agroecology in Norway and France where I plan to focus my research on the intersection of capital and regenerative agriculture. I am also very much looking forward to the participatory and action-oriented ways I can engage with communities and the land to transform the way we grow food for the good of the planet and people.
Alexandre Durand (France)
I'm Alexandre Durand from France. During the first semester of the master in Agroecology I expect that I have learned specific vocabulary about agroecology, how does Norwegian farmers change their practices with / because of global warming and how to help farmers to develop sustainable agriculture. After completing a master in Agroecology I expect that I am more able to make a diagnosis and find the main issues of a complex situation.
Geoffrey Floymont (Belgium)
Hello! I'm Geoffrey from Belgium. I did my bachelor's degree in agriculture with a specialization in the environment. I'm really concern about the different issues that agriculture is facing and is going to face in the future. Therefore I choose to study agroecology, which I believe is one of the best solutions to those issues. Growing up on a farm helped me to understand the farming world by the eyes of the producers, who don't have all the time the tools to change their practices for a more sustainable way of farming. I believe that studying agroecology at NMBU will give me those tools to help farmers to change their practices. I'm also excited to study with students coming from other countries and exchange with them about their experiences.
Synneve Øien Frøyen (Norway)
My name is Synneve and I grew up on the west coast of Norway. I did my bachelor’s degree in Plant Science – Agriculture and Horticulture at NMBU, the last year I took as an Erasmus student in Italy. I’m really excited to study in the program of agroecology where I hope to learn more about food and farming systems and how we can find more sustainable solutions to them. I hope to explore and learn more about regenerative agriculture and food production, and ways to include people and society in this. Also, I really look forward to study together with people from all over the world and broaden my knowledge of international agricultural and climatic issues.
Ronja Genneper (Norway)
Hello! I am Ronja from Oslo, Norway. I did my undergraduate in biology and I`m very excited to have found a master that enables me to combine my interest in natural systems with my fascination for social systems, economics and politics! I expect to understand more about how our food systems evolved into their current state; why we use the land, soil, waters and woods the way we currently do. And, together with my fellow students, to study, discuss and innovate alternatives that create fairer and more sustainable food systems. My hope is to acquire tools and knowledge that enable me to sustain my enthusiasm and use it to create positive change. Last but not least I hope and expect my worldview, team working and researching skills to be challenged and expanded.
Sydney Hnatiuk (Canada)
My name is Sydney and I am from Canada. I have my undergrad in Horticultural Science and have worked in horticulture and food production for 8 years. In Canada I work as a gardener, I volunteer to I teach youth in a leadership program about food production and the food system. I have been transitioning over the past year from gardening into a position with an organization that works to reduce food waste and create circular food systems within urban and peri-urban communities in Canada.
During my time at NMBU I hope to learn about regenerative farming practices and develop the skills to implement these methods in urban environments. I am also interested in exploring the social ecology of farming and the food system and how we can better bridge the gap between good food and people of all socio-economic statuses.
James Karuga (Kenya)
Hi everyone, I am James Karuga from Kenya. I studied General Agriculture for my diploma certificate in Kenya and Gastronomic Sciences for my bachelor degree at the university of gastronomic sciences in Italy. I was privileged to have worked with farmers directly when I was an internee in the Ministry of Agriculture and one year as an agronomist. My passion for farms was developed long from a young age as I was brought up in a family farm. My desire to attend the Agroecology program has developed from the realisation of the gap that I have between the theoretical and experimental point of view on the production of sustainable food using renewable sources of inputs without depleting natural resources. The outline of masters program proves to be a part of the solution to the gap that exists in my knowledge on sustainable Agriculture. I have great hope that the double degree program is a useful addition to my current education and that I will use it later in my profession. Upon completion, I intend to work with farmers, processors, consumers, food experts and researchers who respects and follows sustainable food production systems to ensure that agriculture practiced is friendly to the environment and that food produced is clean, healthy and fair for consumption.
Kaja Ludvigsen (Norway/USA)
Hello! I am Kaja from Norway and the United States, who has lived most of my life in Belgium and Switzerland. I have an undergraduate in Hospitality Management in which I witnessed the often wasteful, destructive and mis-understood culture we have within our food-systems, community and nature. Since graduating two years ago, I have explored various alternative systems of living, consuming and understanding our natural environment, which ultimately led me to Agroecology at NMBU.
In starting at NMBU, I look forward to being a student again in which I intentend to challenge and re-define who I am as an individual within our culture and society. Agroecology will be an ever-changing field of study as it adapts to our evolving world. I therefore hope to develop skills in reflection, activism and problem-solving in being able to also adapt, align and contribute to the future of food and our role in nature. More importantly, I am excited to be part of a larger community who together will be actively learning, working and supporting one another in redesigning and regenerating our food systems and that which surrounds it.
Elsa Michel (France)
Hi, my name is Elsa and I come from Lyon, France. I lived abroad for quite some time and I intend to continue traveling. When I was a kid, my parents would often talk about climate change as my dad’s job was closely linked to that topic. I started learning about agronomy and food science at ISARA-Lyon three years ago where I further learned about the challenges facing agriculture. These years have refined my interest for ecology and agronomy and I am eager to learn about solutions to overcome the issues our world faces today in this master.
Naomi Paas (the Netherlands)
My name is Naomi, I come from The Netherlands. My love for animals on the one hand and urges to do what is best made me enrol in the Bachelor Animal Care and Husbandry. I complemented the curriculum with a Master Class Social Entrepreneurship, a minor Interdisciplinary Consultancy, a second minor Future Food Systems and a fantastic graduation project in Sustainable business development in Kenya. Nevertheless, I still desire more knowledge/skills to fulfil my personal goal: “Contribute to the development of a resilient and dynamic, global food system, able to sustain livelihoods for the world population and in which interconnections are utilized for environmental, social and economic benefits.”
After successfully finish this bachelor in 2017 I want to do a masters, but did not know in what. 1 year of work in the food industry and four months on an organic cattle farm in Australia sparked my passion for agriculture. Specifically, the resilience of nature to recover and benefit from drought, heat, fire and floods. I think Agronomy is the fundament in the Masters Agroecology complemented with system-thinking and social science. I expect to learn how to do research in agriculture to find the points-of-influence to nourish development. Not only for now, but how we can create a system that grows, develops simultaneously with the rest of the world, increase involvement and action. I hope to meet many new people with different backgrounds, views and share ideas.
Ingvild Skarsaune (Norway)
I’m Ingvild from Norway. During the first semester of the master in Agroecology I expect that I have learned, through real-life projects and open-minded group work, how to link theoretical knowledge to actual practices in both farming and food systems related to principles of agroecology. After completing a master in Agroecology I expect that I am more able to be a valuable contributor to change and improvement trough analysis of systems, and facilitating the process by linking theory to real life. I am also able to communicate with the parties involved, see the complexity in play, and to approach with a balance of respect and theoretical knowledge. In other words, I am more able to make the principles of agroecology and holistic approach more accessible to the main farmer and food system worker.