FSE-30306 Analysis and Design of Organic Farming Systems


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Field practical36
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. WAH Rossing
ENJ Hofkamp
JP Steinfeld
Lecturer(s)ir. C van Veluw
dr. ir. WAH Rossing
dr. ir. FJJA Bianchi
dr. ir. JCJ Groot
dr. DF van Apeldoorn
CJ Timler
RL de Adelhart Toorop
MAJ Hofmeijer
Examiner(s)dr. ir. WAH Rossing

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06200 Fieldwork Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

Principles of (organic) crop and animal production, agro-ecology, plant and animal nutrition, and crop protection.


Note: This course has a maximum number of participants. The deadline for registration is one week earlier than usual.
See Academic Year.( http://www.wur.nl/en/Education-Programmes/Current-Students/Agenda-Calendar-Academic-Year.htm) -> Registration for Courses.
- biophysical setting of farms as systems;
- design approaches;
- indicators of farm performance: concepts and measurement;
- design of well-functioning, mixed organic farming systems.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- distinguish and analyze the main components of complex farming systems based on observations, in situ measurements, information from the farmer, calculations at field and farm level, and concepts of farming systems functioning;
- evaluate the landscape setting of farms in terms of natural pest suppression potential;
- evaluate performance of farming systems in terms of balances of natural resources, labour, and money;
- (re-) design a sustainable mixed farming system, and do so in an action-research setting for a case study farm-landscape combination.


- lectures;
- field and field-laboratory practicals;
- computer practicals;
- farm practical;
- self-study.
Note: The farm practical includes a period of 10 days and requires a financial contribution of the students to cover costs.


The final grade of the course will be based on a written exam (45%), presentations during the course (5%) and the report of the re-design assignment (50%). Marks for all elements should be 5.5 or higher.


A reader is available on the first course day.

Restricted Optional for: MOAOrganic AgricultureMScA: Spec. A - Agroecology6WD
MOADDSpec. Agroecology DDMSc6WD