Sustainable Agriculture


This module introduces students to sustainable agriculture and the key concepts and principles underpinning sustainability.  It will examine both global and national targets/agreements to improve sustainability while also investigating the current and emerging innovations to develop integrated approaches to the environmental, economic and social pillars of sustainability in agricultural systems. The module will also examine farmers motivations, the socio-cultural nature of farming and the role of policy measures. 

Sustainable development goals referenced within the module include: No Poverty, Zero Hunger, Good Health and Wellbeing, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Affordable and Clean Energy, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Industry Innovation and Infrastructure, Reduced Inequalities, Sustainable Cities and Communities, Responsible Consumption and Production, Climate Action, Life Below Water, Life on Land.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of sustainable agricultural systems and the key concepts and principles underpinning sustainability.

  2. Describe the key national and international targets/agreements to improve sustainability.

  3. Identify a range of innovations to improve the sustainability of farms across the three pillars of economic, environmental and social.  

  4. Demonstrate an understanding of farmer learning, the socio-cultural nature of farming and the role of extension services in supporting sustainable agriculture.

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