Agroecology, an introduction
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date_range Starts on February 5, 2021
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Is it true that agroecology is THE solution to the challenges that agriculture faces today—feeding a growing population while conserving natural resources in a world where uncertainties about climate change, biodiversity, energy etc. keep intensifying?

Is agroecology a mere fad, or a significant scientific, technical and political revolution?

This course aims at helping you discover what agroecology is, through the complexity of the various approaches that have emerged over the years and in various regions of the world, and through the ways they can be implemented in the fields, and studied, as agricultural practices.

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No particular prerequisites, other than curiosity, are needed to take this online course.



This course is designed to unfold over 6 consecutive weeks.

Week 1 : Setting up the context—the emergence of agroecology

Week 2 : Narrowing down a definition—the various approaches to agroecology

Weeks 3 and 4 : A view from the trenches—agroecology as a set of agricultural practices

Week 5 : What’s next—the transition to agroecology H

Week 6 : ow does agroecology show up in your neck of the woods—focus on students’ mini-reports



Stéphane de Tourdonnet
Professor of agronomy and agroecology, at Montpellier SupAgro IRC (Institute for Higher Education in Tropical and Sub-Tropical Agri-Food Sciences). Leads the Master of Science Degree in Agriculture, Agronomy and Agri-food, and coordinates the "Agroecology" track. Leads France’s joint research unit “Innovation and Development in Agriculture and Food” (UMR Innovation).

Antoine Gardarin
Agronomist, lecturer and researcher at AgroParisTech, a member of UMR Agronomie.

Aurélie Javelle
Anthropologist,research engineer at Montpellier SupAgro’s Agroenvironmental Education Institute and adjunct researcher at UMR Innovation.

Magali Jouven
Zootechnician, lecturer and researcher at Montpellier SupAgro, a member of UMR SELMET (“Tropical and Mediterranean Animal Production Systems”).

Elena Kazakou
Ecologist, lecturer and researcher at Montpellier SupAgro, a member of the Center of Evolutionary and Functional Ecology (CEFE) at France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS).

Ronan Le Velly
Sociologist, assistant professor of sociology, a member of UMR Innovation..

Claire Marsden
Agronomist, lecturer and researcher at Montpellier SupAgro specialized in soil science and ecology, a member of UMR Eco & Sols.

Aurélie Metay
Agronomist, lecturer and researcher at Montpellier SupAgro, a member of UMR System.

Marie-Laure Navas
Professor of ecology, also Deputy Director General for Academic and Scientific Programmes at Montpellier SupAgro.

Sophie Thoyer
Professor of environmental and agricultural economicsat Montpellier SupAgro, Head of the Economic, Social and Management Science Department, amd a member of UMR LAMETA.


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Montpellier SupAgro

Montpellier SupAgro is a French higher university specialising in agriculture and agronomy situated on la Gaillarde campus in Montpellier. It trains students in most of the agronomy and life sciences fields. It is part of Agropolis Fondation. The Montpellier INRA research center is also located on la Gaillarde campus.




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