933110 Organic farming in tropical and subtropical regions

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Hartmann, Hendrik , Freyer, Bernhard
Offered in
Sommersemester 2023
Languages of instruction



1 Introduction: Principles of organic farming in semiarid, subtropical and tropical environments
2 Farming systems: soil fertility, cropping systems, fertilization, weed control and plant health, animal husbandry
3 Insights into socioeconomic conditions with a close link to organic farming: e.g. farm economy, markets, food security, gender, poverty

The presentations are based on organic farming practices and scientific literature in the following countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Nicaragua, North Afrika, Asia (Sri Lanka, India) and Canarian islands

Previous knowledge expected

basic knowledge in organic farming

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Understanding the context between smallholder farming and organic farming
Knowing the important concepts of organic farming in semiarid, subtropical and tropical environments
Becoming capable of assessing latest developments of organic farming in relation to food security, poverty, global markets, a.s.o.
Becoming familiar with important cropping systems and production strategies (fertilisation system, plant protection, weed control, agroforestry, animal husbandry, a.s.o.).
Understanding of the wider socio-cultural and economic system in which organic farming is being embedded in subtropical and tropical environments.
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