HFX133 Challenges for Future Food Production

Credits (ECTS):5

Course responsible:Birger Svihus

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Norsk

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:125 hours

Teaching and exam period:January block

About this course

The main challenges for agriculture is to produce sufficient and safe food in a sustainable way for a growing population with changing dietary habits, under uncertain climatic, economic and geopolitical conditions. These main challenges will be elaborated through lectures on: - Historical ideas on agriculture, trade and society through changing times - The resource base for food production globally and nationally - The emergence of agricultural policies - International trade regimes - Developments in the South and assistance from North to South - The origin of our main crops - Plants for food and feed - The resource base and production systems in plant production - Sustainable production systems - Animal products' impact on global and national food production - Animal Productions in an environmental and climate perspective - Bio-economy - profit and sustainability in the green shift - Dietary effects on human health

Learning outcome


Students will have basic knowledge and coherent understanding about national and global food production.


Be able to use this knowledge in their further studies at NMBU


Enable the students to actively participate in the public debate about the challenges we face.

  • - Lectures

    - Student presentations based on the lectures

  • Final written exam, 3 hours. Grade A-F

  • Group work
  • 60 hours divided on daily lectures at 4 hours, and group assessments thematically connected with the lectures
  • The course has replaced HFX130B, and there is 100% overlap between the two courses.
  • GSK