Course code HFX212

HFX212 Integrated Farming Systems and Value-Chains for Small-Holder Farmers in Tanzania

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Course responsible: Lars Olav Eik
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Minimum 10, maximum 24
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in January block. This course has teaching/evaluation in January block, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2013-2014
Preferential right:
Course contents:
1. Background information about Tanzania. Introduction into agricultural practices as livelihood strategies, agricultural policies and research approaches to agriculture in the country. Visits to crucial institutions and to researchers involved in the CCIAM- and EPINAV programmes. 2. Integrated systems involving animal husbandry and aquaculture. The importance of improved value chain and entrepreneurship as a way to improve livelihoods. Case studies of research based projects. 3. Case studies of research based projects and stay with small-holder farmers in Zanzibar.
Learning outcome:
To understand concepts and practices of integrated agricultural systems, emphasizing livestock keeping and aquaculture, in Tanzania.
Learning activities:
Learning methods will include direct observation and presentation and discussion about project case studies and themes by project leaders directly involved in the project activities in Tanzania.
Teaching support:
Notes from lectures and exercises.
HFX207 Animal husbandry and aquaculture in the tropics and sub-tropics, introductory course
Recommended prerequisites:
HFX207 Animal Husbandry and Aquaculture in the tropics, introductory course.
Mandatory activity:
Preparation: An introductory course for students travelling abroad, one evening only, and attendance to information sessions for the course. After deadline, registration for the course is binding.
Two to three students will be asked to collaborate on making a report which includes chapters from each of the modules. At the end of the course, the student must present the report to class and teachers
Nominal workload:
150 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
In this field course the students will get an opportunity to understand core issues related to integrated farming systems in Tanzania. Throughout the course a focus will be on value chain and entrepreneurship in the farming practices. Background information will be provided about the country, its history, cultural aspects and policies with respect to agriculture and animal husbandry. This introductory part will be followed by lectures and visits to relevant project sites. The case studies will give the students a chance to meet, learn from and discuss with experts and researchers directly involved in the above mentioned programs.
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