Many estimates indicate that the world population is going to reach 9.6 billion by 2050. This implies that food production is required to increase by 70% in order to meet the demand of such a huge population. Therefore, it is becoming very essential to take serious reforms in the agricultural sector to ensure that the food system is ready to meet the challenges of a burgeoning world population. Thus, the goal of sustainable agriculture is to feed expanding population while farming in an ecologically sound and regenerative way.
Hardships like droughts and inadequacy/scarcity of inputs essential for Agriculture, necessitate sustainable agriculture in long run. Despite the fact that contemporary agriculture generates massive amount of output within a harvest season, several devastating risks are witnessed which require sustainable farming practices for their mitigation.
This course explains various methods of sustainable agriculture to meet the aforesaid objectives necessary for many countries. It discusses various aspects pertaining to different farming systems in order to increase food production substantially to meet the demand of growing population. It also describes ecological farming practices based on scientific innovations for producing healthy foods.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
Overview of Sustainable Agriculture
Farming systems & Integrated farming systems
Irrigation, water management including Rainwater harvesting
Polyculture, inter- cropping and crop rotation
Organic farming & Biodynamic farming
Hydroponics and Aquaponics
Agroforestry and food forests
Integrated and Natural pest management
Cover crops, Mulching and manual weed control
Course delivery details
This course is offered through State Bank of India, a partner institute of EdX.
1-4 hours per week
- Verified Track -$149
- Audit Track - Free
Certification / Credits
What you'll learn
Primary objectives/goals and concept of sustainable agriculture
Farming systems, and components thereof and integrated farming system
Various irrigation methods and sustainable water management
Concepts of Polyculture, inter-cropping, and crop rotation
Concepts of Hydroponics and Aquaponics and their significance.
Benefits of encouraging combined agricultural and forest production system in the name of “Agroforestry”
Significance and advantages of Organic farming
Importance of technology in Sustainable Agriculture, and Precision farming.
Concepts of vermicomposting, pest management, cover crops, mulching etc.***
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