Introduction to major temperate and tropical farming systems and the relationships with agro-climatic zones. Economic, political and environmental pressures on agriculture. Changing global markets and consumer demand. Introduction to the concept of sustainable intensification. Social, cultural, ethical and safety considerations and their effect on food security. Enterprise analysis of a range of crops, animal and mixed farming systems, including agro-forestry, aquaponics, urban farming and smallholder gardens. Integrated approaches to crop protection, soil management and nutrient management will be highlighted through the farming enterprises examples covered. Special attention will be given to conservation of the world's sub- and topsoil. Students will take part in a UK visit designed to stimulate discussion about integrated farm management in temperate countries.
To achieve credit for this module, students must be able to:
- Evaluate the potential and limitations of contrasting agricultural systems.
- Critically evaluate social, economic, political and environmental influences on these systems.
- Use a case study approach to analyse the effects of integrated farm management approaches on sustainability of agricultural systems around the world.
|First Sit||Coursework: Group case study (LO 3)||50%|
|First Sit||Examination: 3 hours unseen (LO 1,2)||50%|
|Referral (capped at 40%)||Coursework: Individual case study||50%|
|Referral (capped at 40%)||Examination: 3 hours unseen||50%|
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