Call for Applications for ALLSA 2019

Latin-American School for Food Systems Resilience (ALLSA): Transformative socio-environmental learning: fostering food systems innovation grounded in pluricultural dialogue [Cuzco, Peru – 14 to 25 September, 2019]

Academia Latinoamericana de Resiliencia de los Sistemas Alimentarios (ALLSA-Perú). Para la versión en español, haz clic aquí.

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The Global Diversity Foundation and Asociación ANDES presents the Latin American Academy of Food Systems Resilience (ALLSA 2019). ALLSA 2019 will be held from September 14 to 25, 2019 in Cuzco, Peru, in collaboration with the communities of the Parque del Papa, the Potato Park, Quechua farmers who conserve a wide diversity of Andean crops, promoting food sovereignty and sustainable livelihoods. 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 organized six summer academies in Europe, three regional academies and four community environmental leadership exchanges.

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. Regional experts (academics, indigenous leaders, local farmers and entrepreneurs) will participate as mentors, facilitating the co-learning of innovative Spanish-speaking leaders. ALLSA 2019 will focus on the promotion of innovation in food systems based on pluricultural dialogues and local knowledge its objective is to create a co-learning and networking space for those who are especially interested in these topics.


We are inviting outstanding academics and non-academics, as facilitators, which will provide important points of view to the topics in question. For example, we have confirmed academics specialized in Agroecology, Food Sovereignty and Capacity Development for rural school teachers from the Colegio de la Frontera Sur, funders of the International Network of School Gardens including:

  • Helda Morales, Colegio de la Frontera del Sur (ECOSUR), México.
  • Bruce Ferguson, Colegio de la Frontera del Sur (ECOSUR), México.
  • Young leaders from the PROPAR (Círculo de Investigación en Producción Orgánica y Plantas Aromáticas), Universidad Agraria La Molina, Perú.
  • Jorge Munay, Slow Food Perú.
  • Carlos del Campo, from Global Diversity Foundation.
  • Alejando Argumedo, from ANDES.

We are also inviting Indigenous mentors from the Potato Park, including local farmers, to interact with community leaders, practitioners and professionals at the beginning of their careers. Together, we will analyze intersectoral strategies for food systems resilience with the support of organizations with relevant experience on the ground as Fundación Andes and Slow Food Peru.

Who should apply

The call is open to young adults 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 area of work will be taken into account. After reviewing the applications carefully, 24 participants will be selected. 

Academy costs

The price of this academy is USD400, which includes tuition, lodging, meals, field trips and materials. It does not include the cost of travel to the city of Cuzco, travel health 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.

A limited number of partial scholarships are available for those with greater economic challenges. Full scholarships will be awarded to young people from the communities of Parque de la Papa.

Send your application now

Those interested can fill out the online application form here before 10 May 2019. Keep in mind that the selection process is divided into two stages.

  • Preselected candidates will receive an email before 31 May 2019 indicating that they have passed the first selection phase. They must then provide additional information on possible sources of financing and other details that we will request at that time. Those who applied for partial scholarships are required to submit documents that demonstrate their need for financial support.
  • Those who pass the second phase will be informed on 15 June 2019 and considered as finalists of ALLSA 2019. To confirm their participation, they must pay the academy fees before 1 July 2019.

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