SOQ-33306 Integrated Natural Resource Management in Organic Agriculture

Course

Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Individual Paper1
Lecture16
Practical50
Excursion (one day)13
Course coordinator(s)prof. dr. RE Creamer
BR van Pelt
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. JCJ Groot
dr. ir. GWJ van de Ven
dr. MM Pulleman
dr. R Ripoll Bosch
MSc A van der Linden
prof. dr. RE Creamer
Examiner(s)dr. MM Pulleman

Language of instruction:

English

Assumed knowledge on:

Kristiansen, P., Taji, A., and Reganold, J.: Organic Agriculture. A Global Perspective. CABI and CSIRO. 449 pp (2006). ISBN 0 643 09090 8

Contents:

This course aims to give you insight into natural resource management in sustainable (including organic) agriculture through the integration of knowledge about farm components (soils, plants, livestock), the surrounding landscapes and socio-institutional aspects. This course is required for students of the Organic Agriculture masters program (MOA) at Wageningen University. However, this course is also open to students from a wide variety of study programs. You will get the opportunity to learn and interact with many students from all over the world, supported by a diversity of teachers representing different fields of expertise.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to: - analyse socio-institutional strategies and measures by different types of farmers, and their communities and cooperatives, to improve natural resource management; - obtain knowledge about crop and grassland responses to management and consequences for nutrient use efficiency, soil functioning and animal production; - analyse interactions among the three key sub-compartments (soil, plant, animal) of a farming system using models; - apply tools to explore and validate the impacts of management scenarios through quantitative calculations and assessments of soil quality in the field; - explore changes in farm management to enhance nutrient use efficiency, soil organic matter, feed/food self-sufficiency and economic indicators in different agroecological and socio-economic contexts, using different computer models; - develop a sustainable farming system conversion scenario in a multifunctional landscape and socio-institutional context; - evaluate options for INRM in organic agriculture at farm and landscape scales in a specific regional setting.

Activities:

Lectures, excursions, computer practicals and individual essay assignment.

Examination:

- exam (50%);
- performance at PE and EE (25%);
- IP (25%), all to be completed with mark equal to or higher than 5.5.

ProgrammePhaseSpecializationPeriod
Restricted Optional for: MOAOrganic AgricultureMSc2MO
MOAOrganic AgricultureMScC: Double Degree Agroecology2MO