Food Security and Sustainability: Crop production
date_range Débute le 16 juin 2016
event_note Se termine le 1 mai 2017
list 6 séquences
assignment Niveau : Introductif
chat_bubble_outline Langue : Anglais
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En résumé

Feeding nine billion people in 2050 without exhausting the planetary reserves is perhaps the greatest challenge mankind has ever faced. This environmental studies course will examine the principles of production ecology and the ‘availability pillar’ of global food security that lie at the heart of food production, which can be applied to both crops and animal production. This course will discuss why yields in some parts of the world are lagging behind and identify the agro-ecological drivers that shape the wide diversity of production systems.

Furthermore, key issues relating to the closing of yield gaps and the difference in visions of sustainability will be explored.

This online course will be of great interest to international students and those with varied educational backgrounds, both professionally and culturally, to enrich their views and action perspectives related to global food security and food systems. Professor Ken E. Giller will introduce learners to crop production and underlying bio-physical principles in order to identify constraining factors in yield formation. He will explain how to assess yield gaps at the level of fields and production systems around the world, contributing to efficient resource management. Wageningen University and Research, through its unique systems-based approach to food systems, adds the phase of primary production to the broad context of global food security.

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Le programme

  • Value the main issues related to global food production and consumption
  • Regional differences between developed and developing countries
  • Understand how food crop production can be influenced by changing the availability of water and nutrients and by measures suppressing pests, diseases and weeds
  • Identify the processes related to food crop production that cause major environmental problems and evaluate measures to solve and prevent those problems
  • Assess yield gaps of food crops in different geographical regions
  • Judge innovations in food crop production on their merits for the rural population in the different geographical regions
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Les intervenants

  • Ken Giller
  • Gerrie van de Ven
  • ​Harrie Lovenstein
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Le concepteur

Wageningen University
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La plateforme

EdX est une plateforme d'apprentissage en ligne (dite FLOT ou MOOC). Elle héberge et met gratuitement à disposition des cours en ligne de niveau universitaire à travers le monde entier. Elle mène également des recherches sur l'apprentissage en ligne et la façon dont les utilisateurs utilisent celle-ci. Elle est à but non lucratif et la plateforme utilise un logiciel open source.

EdX a été fondée par le Massachusetts Institute of Technology et par l'université Harvard en mai 2012. En 2014, environ 50 écoles, associations et organisations internationales offrent ou projettent d'offrir des cours sur EdX. En juillet 2014, elle avait plus de 2,5 millions d'utilisateurs suivant plus de 200 cours en ligne.

Les deux universités américaines qui financent la plateforme ont investi 60 millions USD dans son développement. La plateforme France Université Numérique utilise la technologie openedX, supportée par Google.

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