This course aims to promote the common vision, interdisciplinary and integrated approaches towards a more sustainable agriculture that support both ecosystem and rural communities to be more resilient in dealing with the global current and future challenges. The students who participate in the Sustainable Agriculture course will enrich the knowledge and improve their skills on key principles for sustainability in which their vision and approaches of agriculture in three dimensions of Economics, Environment and Social Equity will be developed and the actions that facilitate transition to sustainable food and agriculture will be practiced.
The actions of the course are including but not limited to how do you make a farm or food industry more sustainable and profitable while improving the quality of life and reducing the environmental impacts through saving biodiversity, soil health, ecological pest management, access to green energies and water conservation that are required to meet today's consumption needs without compromising the ability of natural resources to do so tomorrow. This structure of the course will also review both theoretical and practical ways to improve the farms overall health and resilience that are considered sustainable and the requirements that should be met for criteria of productivity, profitability, natural resources management and the quality of life for the families and in particular rural communities. In addition to that, the urgent need to create the same vision as a holistic approach on fighting poverty, inequality and human rights violations and harsh working conditions as core human values of sustainable Agri-business supply chains are addressed. Also, at the end of the course, promoting sustainable agri-food marketing and the importance of public awareness in the sector through multiple networking and partnership channels and engaging with the communities are highlighted as solutions to meet the demand for local foods and secure the right to access healthy diet, clean water and energy and green finance.