Level 2: Advanced

Level 2: Advanced

Prerequisites:

Level 1. Basic knowledge of agronomy and agroecology. Holders of a Master’s degree in agroecology or equivalent are exempt from this course by default.

Course objectives

Acquiring a detailed understanding of agroecology, the mechanisms of the functioning of agroecosystems and their management, development of agricultural projects, evaluation of performance of agroecological systems, social and economic aspects of production in agricultural and food-processing industries.

Course content and teaching methods

  • First group meeting:
    • You will receive a folder or additional material with a ‘Who’s who’ (Participants’ and teachers’ curriculum vitae, description of participants’ projects, addresses), schedule with dates and times of classes, etc.
    • Oral introduction of participants and teachers (Curriculum vitae and goals).
  • From this level onwards, practical aspects become more important in relation to theoretical aspects of the training. Nature observation techniques are explained in the field, based on a variety of examples. The interpretation of these observations is then discussed in a group and lessons are learnt for managing agroecosystems.
  • Participants’ projects are analysed, covering the following topics in particular:
    • Holistic and analytical approaches and their consequences
    • Examples of knowledge and practice in traditional farming systems around the world
    • Case study of agricultural systems around the world
    • Soil ecology and management
    • Ecological management of crop pests: biological control and habitat management
    • Ecological management of weeds and crop diseases
    • Agroecoystem diversification strategy: polyculture and mixed crops, agroforestry and multilayer systems, crop rotation, intercrops, crop and livestock integration, mixed grazing, etc. Organic and agroecological practices
    • Participatory approaches between farmers, between farmers and researchers, between farmers and various other actors
    • Sustainability indicators in agricultural systems
    • Social and economic aspects of sustainable agricultural and agri-food systems: food safety, viability of microfarms, quality of life, reconnecting cities with the countryside and citizens/consumers with producers, restoring economic and social networks in rural areas, etc.
    • Short and local marketing chains of products
    • Work management in sustainable agriculture
  • Practical exercises and field visits will consolidate the concepts taught in the course.

The course

  • Duration: 64 hours or 5 sessions of one and half or two days.
  • Number of participants: 30 (maximum)
  • Location: Château de Famelette Wanze, Belgium

Price: € 1,200 (excl. VAT)*, € 1,452 (incl. 21% VAT)

*Meals are included.


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Training Content

  • Observation
  • Theory

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