The Agroecology programme is aimed at international students with a strong interest in sustainable agriculture and agroecosystem management.
Students will get the opportunity to understand structure and function of complex agroecosystems. They will learn to apply systems approaches in studying, designing and evaluating (agricultural) systems and food production chains, and to develop creative solutions for sustainable farming and marketing of organic products. The program teaches a multidisciplinary approach in which natural science is combined with social science and economics.
Action learning and action research through cooperation with farmers, food system professionals and consumers will shorten the distance between practice and theory. The proposed programme exploits the strengths of the two co-operating institutes, adding the specialist knowledge in agroecosystems management of FESIA with the strengths in designing and evaluating organic food production chains at Wageningen.
Structure of the programme
The Master of Science Agroecology is designed as a two-year programme curriculum including a practical thesis project. The programme combines 4 semesters with different options for the 2. semester. Semester 1 takes place in Norway at the University of Life Sciences (NMBU), the semester 2 includes different options, and semester 3 is offer at ISARA (member of FESIA) in Lyon, France. The master thesis (semester 4) will be carried out under the major responsibility of one of two partners, and will be co-supervised by the other partner. The programme is coordinated by a consortium consisting of ISARA, France and NMBU, Norway. For the two-year programme a double degree is delivered.
Agroecology: Action learning in farming and food systems
30 ECTSStudents can choose among different universities:
• University of Hohenheim, Germany
• University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
• University of Kassel-Witzenhausen, Germany
• University of Madison, USA
• University of Florida, Gainesville, USA
• NMBU, Norway
• ISARA-Lyon, France (courses in French or English)
On demande potentially also other universities.
ISARA (member of FESIA), France
Project management and application of agroecological science in real-world situations.
F1: Agriculture and landscape management in a particular agricultural region.
F2: Agroecological cropping practices.
F3: World agroecosystems and agricultural use.
F4: Management of agroecosystems: implications from policies and nature conservation.
F5: Group project management.
Translate knowledge, skills, and experience gained so far into responsible action by conduct of an independent, scientific research on priority issues in the agricultural and food sectors.