Professional Diploma in Organic Farming & Food Production.
This is a unique program that will equip you with key skills and knowledge related to sustainable agriculture, food security, organic agriculture, organic crop production, agronomy, food technology, nutritional therapy and so on. Career opportunities may be explored as an Organic certifying agent, Organic farm manager, Organic crop production specialist, Food technologist etc.
Duration: 4 to 6 months
Effort: 10-15 hrs/week
Mode of Study: ONLINE
Total Credits: 18
Stability of the food supply is broadly related to the environmental conditions that empower sustainable food production and encourage productivity. By food production, farmers can improve or degrade the environment they depend on. A favorable environmental condition and agricultural system resistant or resilient to environmental changes are crucial for stability of food production.
Stability of food supply is broadly correlated with the dimensions of food security, such as access to food and food utilization, as well as economic conditions of food stability. Organic agriculture is a system that uses fewer intensive practices. Thus, it is expected to deliver far more ecological goods and services from organic farming system as compared to conventional agricultural practices. Moreover, organic agriculture efficiently reduces environmental damage by avoiding some potentially damaging technologies of conventional intensive agricultural practices such as pesticides, herbicides, synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, GMO crops or veterinary antibiotics and anti-helminthics. In this farming system farmers and rural communities are motivated to economic independence from expensive agricultural inputs through the usage of natural bio-control agents; soil fertility management through nitrogen fixation, recycling, minimum tillage, usage of vermicompost and green manure; and habitat management for the prevention of pests, diseases and weeds.
At present nearly, 0.61 percent of the world’s reported agriculture land is certified organic agriculture. But there are no recent data on the extent of non-certified organic agriculture. However, it is vastl yknown that a large part of global food production systems is non-certified organic agriculture, often atsubsistence level. Organic Agriculture contributes to food security in certain parameters, like:
• Increasing yields in low-input areas
• Conserving biodiversity and nature resources on the farm and in the surrounding area
• Increasing income and/or reducing costs
• Producing safe and varied food
• Being sustainable in the long term
Why should I study Organic Agriculture and food production?
A professional diploma in ‘Organic farming and Food Production’ will help you to be prepared for employment in wide areas such as sustainable agriculture, Food Securityetc. You can work as an Organic agriculture-subject matter specialist, Organic crop production specialist, Agronomist, Food technologist, Nutritional therapist, Organic certifying agent, Organic farm manager etc.
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