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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Agroforestry

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Time
Block 2
Programme level Full Degree Master
ECTS 7,5 ECTS
Course responsible
  • Lars Holger Schmidt (3-6f7666436c6a71316e7831676e)
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Course number: LPLK10287U

Course content

Agroforestry framework, definitions and history

Crops and trees interaction with microclimate and water

Trees and crops role in nutrient cycling and the effect on physical soil parameters in particular mitigation of soil erosion 

Agroforestry systems and their technical operation

Agroforestry species (crops, trees, animals), roles and functions of different components and criteria for selection and improvement

Pest and disease control and management in agroforestry systems

Domestic animals and fodder in agroforestry systems

Socio-economy and development cross cutting issues, tenure, gender, economic development and adoptability

Learning outcome

The objective of the course is to provide students an insight into the overall options, limitations and constrains pertaining to small complex production systems with a large tree component under a wide range of conditions, with particular emphasis on the tropics. The course should enable students to relate to tropical agroforestry systems under different bio-physical, socio-economic and political settings and suggest development strategies to improve outputs of the systems

By the end of the course the students are expected to be able to:

Knowledge

  • Describe positive and negative effects of trees on physical (e.g. soil, microclimate, water balance) and biological (e.g. crops, animals, and pests) factors in different systems, climates and topography.
  • List major crop and agroforestry trees and their interaction in agroforestry systems
  • List major types of pest and diseases in tropical agriculture
  • Describe how interaction may change with seasons and with growth and development of  trees
  • Describe relevant technical and management operations, which can be used to improve total yield, food security, financial security and other relevant outputs of the AF system
  • Describe the interaction between livestock and the bio-physical environment in agroforestry systems
  • Describe the principle of nutrient cycling and energy flow in small subsistence systems with a large tree component
  • Describe how political and cultural regulations may improve or discourage perennial crops in farming systems
     

Skills

  • Analyse and describe the synergetic, complementary and competitive relations between different species in small complex systems consisting of several crops, animals and tree species
  • Analyse the framework of biophysical conditions in the main types of tropical systems (humid lowland, dry areas and highlands tropics) and its influence and limitation on agricultural systems.
  • Explain key socio-economic constraints and limitations in relation to present conditions and adoptability of improved practices, for example under different economic, political, historical and cultural settings
  • Explain how presence of trees in general and particular species alter conditions for pest and pathogens, and how trees may aggravate or reduce pest and disease problems as compared with non-AF systems
  • Analyse quantitative and qualitative outputs of agroforestry systems in relation to investment and production cost, seasonality, market and domestic need
     

Competences

  • Recommend relevant agroforestry interventions to meet /cope with / overcome short and long term food problems, production constraints and / or environmental degradation

  • Predict possible implementation / adoption obstacles in relation to socioeconomic factors

  • Predict possible areas of conflicting interests in relation to various types of agroforestry interventions under different settings

Recommended prerequisites

It is recommended that the student possesses a basic understanding of natural resource management

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Education

MSc Programme in Agricultural Development
MSc Programme in Sustainable Development in Agriculture (Agris Mundus)
MSc Programme in Agriculture

Studyboard

Study Board of Natural Resources and Environment

Course type

Single subject courses (day)

Teacher

Lars Holger Schmidt
Jens-Peter Barnekow-Lillesø
Hanne Hansen

Duration

1 block

Schedulegroup

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Teaching and learning methods

Teaching is primarily based on regular classroom sessions. Teaching material such as lecture notes, exercises and overview material will be distributed during classroom sessions and uploaded to KU e-learning system Absalon. Selected parts may be taught and discussed via e-learning.

Capacity

No limit

Language

English

Literature

Teaching material consists of book chapters and articles which will be linked or uploaded via Absalon

Workload

Category Hours
Lectures 40
Theory exercises 35
Preparation 37
Colloquia 30
Project work 40
Exam 24
English 206

Exam

Type of assessment

Oral examination, 20 minutes
Written assignment
Description of examination: The written assignment is a 24 hour written assignment, which takes place half way through the course. Students develop the agroforestry component of a pre-written framework of a particular farm in a particular environment. The assignment includes only those topics taught during the first modules of the course. The individual cases are submitted via e-mail and answer should be returned via e-mail within 24 hours.
The oral exam may start with 1-2 clarifying questions to written work and answers be evaluated together as part of the written exam. The main part of the oral exam will be a a discussion of a randomly selected topic covering any of the course modules
Weight: The final mark will be based on a total evaluation of the two parts of the exam (50%+50%)

Aid

All aids allowed

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

Se learning outcome

Censorship form

No external censorship
Several internal examiners

Re-exam

Identical to the ordinary examination form.

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