Agriculture for Food and Nutrition Security

Course code:
Period 1
Language of tuition:
School of Business and Economics
dr. ir. B.G.J.S. Sonneveld
dr. ir. B.G.J.S. Sonneveld
Teaching method(s):
Lecture, Study Group, Computer lab

Course objective

After successfully completing this course, students will:
• be familiar with main concepts of agronomy relevant for Food and
Nutrition Security (FNS) analysis;
• understand the relation between locational (environmental) factors and
the food production system;
• understand the relation between food production systems and FNS;
• be able to analyze these relationships with empirical data, including
spatial analysis, and to interpret the results;
• be able to critically reflect and communicate on contemporaneous land
use issues.

Course content

- Understanding the interlinkage between locational (environmental)
factors and the food production system;
- Understanding the interlinkage between agricultural production systems
and food productivity;
- Understanding the position of agriculture in total land use.

Form of tuition

Lectures (7 x 2 hours), workgroups (6 x 4 hours).

Type of assessment

Exam (60%), assignments (30%), presentation (10%)

Recommended background knowledge

Basics of geography; basics of biology

Target audience

Bachelor students interested in Food Security


In this course you will learn the basic agronomic principles underlying
the interlinkages between food production and agricultural production
systems on the one hand, and between agricultural production systems and
environmental resources on the other hand. Basic principles of crop and
livestock production will be introduced, and you will learn how they are
employed across different production systems and how they affect the
interaction between production systems and the environment. Given that
the nature of these linkages also vary across space and time, the course
will have an explicit temporal (dynamic and historical) and spatial
focus to understand long term trends and diversity in food production
and environmental impacts. Also alternative agricultural production
systems to the dominant systems currently in used will be discussed,
such as low input farming systems, including their potential for
up-scaling and sustainability. You will also be taught the basics of GIS
and how spatially explicit analysis van be utilized to better understand
land use patterns and production possibilities and restrictions

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