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)
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually. Last time spring 2016. New similar course EDS352.
First time: Study year 2007-2008
Last time: 2016H
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 evolutionary and 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, seed supply systems, international treaties and agreements on management of genetic resources, and intellectual property rights and policies. (4) Approaches to sustainable agriculture: integrated management of soil fertility, integrated pest management, integrated resource management for sustainable agriculture, and sustainable intensification, climate change and agriculture, conventional crop improvement and biotechnology. 
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). At the end of the course, the student shall have acquired knowledge about key approaches to sustainable agriculture and their agronomic principles. The student can analyze and deal critically with various sources of information and use them to formulate scholarly arguments about different approaches and methods. The student can apply this knowledge to carry out assignments and research projects (including a master thesis within the topic). 
Learning activities:
Lecture notes + selected readings. Will be posted in Fronter.
Recommended prerequisites:
A basic course in ecology.
Final written exam counts 100% of the grade. Exam in English only.
Nominal workload:
300 working hours in total. 2x2 lecturing hours per week.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
4 lecture hours/week for 14 weeks = 56 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.
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