Tropical Crop Production

A.Y. 2023/2024
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The course focuses on developing capacities for sustainable production of tropical crops. The students will be exposed to major crop science elements that are instrumental for a sustainable crop production. Main focus is on optimizing the use of agrobiodiversity and management practices considering the socio-economic characteristics and climate change challenges. Provide students, having a BSc-level background in agricultural, social sciences or sciences involved with development of the tropical region, with a comprehensive understanding of the properties of selected tropical environments, crop species and their management facing climate change. Focus is on climate related production constraints; that is abiotic and biotic stresses, and human endeavor to optimize crop production in small-scale farming, within the context of poverty alleviation and sustainable crop production.
Expected learning outcomes
· Manage key elements to characterize production systems in the tropics
· Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of tropical crop production
· Understand the characteristics of major tropical crops
· Demonstrate overview of tropical cropping systems in relation to agro-ecological and socio-economic conditions.
· Demonstrate knowledge on different strategies to optimize production systems in the tropics.

· Characterize production systems of tropical areas of the globe
· Analyze and synthesize diverse types of information and data on tropical crop production
· Apply a relevant analytical software for statistics
· Design cropping calendars for selected major crops species
· Develop tropical crop production plans in relation to given agro-ecological and socioeconomic conditions
· Design, implement and analyze research projects in a tropical crop production environment

· Data management, analysis and critical approach
· Assess and formulate agronomic components of development support programmes
· Advice extension and research institutions in tropical countries
· Perform and interpret statistical information to analyze scenarios of crop production and innovation.
· Propose innovative optimization strategies.
Single course

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Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
AGR/02 - AGRONOMY AND FIELD CROPS - University credits: 7
Practicals: 64 hours
Lessons: 24 hours