Course code EDS250

EDS250 Agriculture and Development

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Course responsible: Ola Tveitereid Westengen, Jens Bernt Aune
Teachers: Trygve Berg
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of International Environment and Development Studies
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2007-2008
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Understanding the farm as a production system depending on interactions with and management of the natural resource base, and also characterised by internal interactions within the system. (1) Agro-ecology and cropping systems, applying ecological principles in the analysis of an agricultural system. Cropping systems in semi-arid, sub-humid and humid tropics. (2) Livestock systems, overview of livestock systems including both mixed farming and nomadic systems. Fodder resources including fodder quality and use. Crop-livestock interaction. (3) Genetic resources for food and agriculture, genetic erosion, conservation of genetic resources ex situ and in situ, utilisation of genetic resources, international treaties and agreements on management of genetic resources, and intellectual property rights and policies. (4) Sustainable agriculture, integrated management of soil fertility, integrated pest management, integrated resource management for sustainable agriculture, and sustainable intensification.
Learning outcome:
Understanding the farm as a system with emphasis on ecological principles (agro-ecosystems), and analysing agricultural systems with respect to environmental objectives (sustainability), productive objectives (increased food production) and social objectives (equity).
Learning activities:
Teaching support:
Lecture notes + selected readings.
Bachelor\´s degree or equivalent.
Recommended prerequisites:
A basic course in ecology.
Mandatory activity:
Exam in ENGLISH ONLY. Written exam.
Nominal workload:
Lectures: 70 hours. Independent study: 230 hours. 300 hrs student work in all.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
5 lecture hours/week for 14 weeks = 70 hrs.
The course is designed for an interdisciplinary Master degree programme where students could have different backgrounds including agricultural, natural, social or economic sciences.
There is one external examiner. Exam papers are graded independently by the teacher (course coordinator) and the external examiner.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått