NPLK14020U Sustainable Agricultural Development Pathways
MSc Programme in Agricultural Development
MSc Programme in Sustainable Development in Agriculture (Agris Mundus)
The course addresses the challenge of increasing food production
in developing countries, while conserving the key
The course addresses key resource constraints in a constructive, non-dogmatic and case-specific way. In 5 topical sessions, the course investigates Water use; Nutrients and soil quality; Breeding and GMO's; Pests and Insects; and Climate smart agriculture.
In each session, the mechanistic basis is presented, in order to understand and evaluate potential and constraints for increasing food production while conserving resources. The mechanistic base in then applied semi-quantitatively at farming system level in a series of case-specific scenarios, under varying soil, climate and socioeconomic conditions. Trade-offs and interrelationships are emphasized at the farming system level.
The course will qualify students to discuss sustainable development pathways, with a mechanistic, quantitative understanding of biological and chemical processes, but applied to farming system level. There is an element of "myth-busting" in the evaluation of various interventions applied, quantitative potential. The course emphasizes the diversity of farming systems, climatic and market conditions, and hence relevance of various solutions.
Students will write one individual assignment during the course, which forms 30% of the final mark.
Knowledge of main arguments for or against agronomic development paradigms (GMO, Agro-ecology, Organic etc).
Overview of main constraints for agronomic development and yield gaps globally
Overview of resource availability (water, nutrient, land) globally and cost of access.
Mechanistic understanding of factors which control water and nutrient use efficiency in crops.
Understanding of plant beeding potential for tropical crop production with and without GMO's.
Ability to analyse trade-offs between selected agricultural interventions, yield benefits, environmental benefits and labour consumption.
Ability to evaluate carbon mitigation potential of selected farming systems
Ability to discuss relevance of various agricultural development interventions under a variety of climatic, edaphic and socioeconomic conditions.
Ability to analyse farming systems agronomically
Ability to make recommendations for sustainable agricultural development pathways for specific system types
Scientific papers. Further information will be available on Absalon.
Tropical Crop Production recommended prerequistite course
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Written assignmentWritten examination, 2 timer under invigilationThree topical group reports during the course.
One individual written assignment during the course on a topic within the course frame.
2 hour written exam with calculations, designs, concept development, analysis and discussion.
Examination: The three topical reports count 30%. The individual written assignment accounts for 30% and the written exam for 40% of the final grade.
The individual assignment is submitted in week 8 of the course
- Exam registration requirements
Participation in 3 mandatory exercises during course.
- All aids allowed
NB: If the exam is held at the ITX, the ITX will provide computers. Private computers, tablets or mobile phones CANNOT be brought along to the exam. Books and notes should be brought on paper or saved on a USB key.
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
several internal examinators
As the ordinary exam.
An individual assignment is handed in 2 weeks before re-exam if the requirements is not fullfilled.
Criteria for exam assesment
Assignment is evaluated based on the following criteria:
Level of academic detail and mechanistic understanding of selected processes
Ability to discuss specific mechanisms in relevant context of chosen farming systems
Ability to reflect on barriers for implementation and applied perspectives for food production.
Ability to answer the questions and complete the calculations in the written exam.
- Theory exercises
- Project work