sustainable agriculture course Articles

  • Pedagogies for persistence: cognitive challenges and collective competency development

    Education for sustainability is a challenge that is being met in many different innovative ways under many different circumstances in many different parts of the world. In this paper, the author draws on his personal experiences with radical systemic pedagogies within a context of agriculture and rural development appropriate to an emergent Era of Persistence in Australia, to design and conduct a ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Nitrogen Fertilizer Industry: March towards getting Greener

    AbstractA major concern to the growth and development of fertilizer manufacturing industries all over the world is on the environmental front. Serious efforts are underway to make fertiliser technologies most environment friendly and sustainable with the help of research and development initiatives in technology as well as management of facilities. Technology plays a key role in improving ...

  • The future of grow light technology

    The vision, to create a lighting system so intelligent, it communicates with the plant. Allowing growers to enhance, adjust or suppress certain characteristics of the plant. Basic requirements met will usually end with a healthy harvest. A plant that's communicating and working with its environment will grow into its full and desired potential. Thats right, communicating with plants is not just ...

  • Editorial: The urgent need to transform small-scale subsistence farming in Africa towards sustainable agribusiness value-chains

    A recent article on 'Why African farmers fail' (http://www.southerntimesafrica.com) bemoaned the lack of progress in transforming agriculture for economic development in Africa. This Editorial outlines some of the responses to that article and discusses the problems raised.Keywords: Africa, subsistence farming, sustainable agribusiness, small-scale farming, agribusiness value chains, economic ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Research on integrated tourism Cleaner Production and tourist landscape eco-design

    This paper puts forward integrated tourism Cleaner Production (CP) and demonstrates it is an inevitable course for the sustainable development of tourism industry. Further more, tourist landscape eco-design was discussed, which plays a very important role in the integrated tourism CP but the current research on it is insufficient. This paper uses landscape ecology to make a systemic analysis to ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Hot Source: GMO Labelling Requirments, Food Illness Outbreaks, New Pesticides Lab in Mombasa & More

    In this issue of Hot Source, food supply, security and sustainability comes to the fore with the publication of new principles for Responsible Investment Agriculture and Food Systems, by the Committee on World Food Safety (CFS) under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN (FAO). Visit us for more details:  ...


    By SGS

  • “Soil Health” And Compost

    In my quest to better understand how compost improves the chemical, physical and biological attributes of soil, I came across a training course created by the Rodale Institute, with support from the Northeast Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program called “An Introduction to Soil Health.” The course emphasized that if we can improve the overall quality of ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • From urban-rural to global dependencies

    Against the background of global urban knowledge economy, this paper discusses some of the challenges that sustainable urban life is facing in the global knowledge economy of the 21st century. The paper makes an overview of the fundamental change in urban-rural relations, urban and rural demographics, the concepts of place surplus and place attractiveness, agglomeration and the new economic ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Forces influencing developing country views of agricultural biotechnology: an analysis of training programme participants' perceptions

    Agricultural biotechnology is expanding around the world, but societal acceptance remains an important issue. Michigan State University (MSU) has developed and implemented an agricultural biotechnology short course for developing countries. Four courses were taught to regional groups in 2002–2003 and eight more were taught to geographically diverse groups in 2004–2008. One half day of each course ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Introduction: Features of environmental sustainability in agriculture: some conceptual and operational issues

    This introductory paper aims to address the features of environmental sustainability in agriculture. Recent developments of the concept, which are discussed here, emphasise its multi-faceted nature and lead to various definitions as well as to different implications for policy measures in society. On the basis of all the papers presented in this Special Issue, we draw some perspectives for future ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Induced technical and institutional change in tropical agriculture

    The author employs a model in which the direction of technical change is induced by changes in relative resource endowments to interpret the trajectories of technical change in both developed and developing country agriculture. An international agricultural research system, an institutional innovation supported by the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), has become ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • An analysis of some paradoxes in alternative agriculture and a vision of sustainability for future food systems

    The paper offers an analysis of some of the prevailing practices in sustainable agriculture and points out some of the paradoxes that need to be addressed and resolved in order to enhance acceptability of sustainable agriculture by the general public. Education and research in sustainable agriculture are suggested as possible tools via which solutions to the paradoxes may be found. Preserving the ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Agroforestry Mitigates Climate Change

    Climate changes, as one of the biggest threats to a global food security, highly influence natural resources that are essential for crop production. Farming is not only affected by the impact of climate changes, but it’s also a significant contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions. Intensive farm practices that include both farm production and change of land use, directly affect the ...


    By Agrivi Ltd

  • Sustainable limits for golf course development in a tourist destination

    This paper focuses on the sustainable limits of golf courses that could develop into a tourist destination. We consider that any future development for golf courses must be economically profitable and always committed to the environment. To this end we analyse the most important conditioning aspects: first, the economic profit, because the golf courses are business and second, two environmental ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Optimization of industrial structure based on water environmental carrying capacity in Tieling City

    A system dynamics optimization model of the industrial structure of Tieling City based on water environmental carrying capacity has been established. This system is divided into the following subsystems: water resources, economics, population, contaminants, and agriculture and husbandry. Three schemes were designed to simulate the model from 2011 to 2020, and these schemes were compared to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Forest accounts: a primary case study in China

    Forest accounting considers physical and monetary data relating to the degree of substitutability for natural capital, and composes accounts for forest assets measured in physical and monetary terms to show the impact of the economy on the environment. It is extremely useful in formulating and evaluating macroeconomic and sectoral policies. This study has for the first time built up forest ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Biomethanol From Sugar Beet Pulp

    According to Atlantic Biomass Conversions, sugar beet pulp, currently of low value to sugar beet growers and processors, could become a significant source of renewable fuel methanol. Nearly 700 million liters of fuel cell quality methanol could be produced annually from sugar beet pulp produced by existing EU and US sugar beet refineries. Atlantic Biomass Conversions, a company based in ...

  • Agricultural research policy framework for improved livelihoods security in crop-livestock production systems

    Concerns for sustainable development and poverty alleviation are forcing public agricultural research systems to focus on improving livelihoods security. Crop-livestock production systems are central to the livelihood security of the rural poor in India and some other countries of the tropics. With increasing population, urbanisation and incomes, massive increases are foreseen in demands for ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Challenges and opportunities for a sustainable rice production in Europe and Mediterranean area

    Rice is the second largest cereal crop grown worldwide. One-half of the world population and virtually all of East and Southeast Asia is wholly dependent upon rice. Rice production in the Mediterranean regions dates back to the seventh century. This crop was first introduced into Egypt and gradually spread, towards the fifteenth century, to most countries of the Mediterranean basin. Rice is at ...


    By Springer

  • Learning about sustainable agriculture

    For almost 20 years the Orange campus of firstly the University of Sydney and now Charles Sturt University has been teaching Australian and overseas students about sustainable agriculture. The course is offered as a post graduate Masters course and students spend 18 months at the campus as internal students although many of the Australian students study it by distance mode. The following ...

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