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Wageningen University & Research Free Online Course on Crop Production

Wageningen University & Research is offering free online course on Crop Production. Students will learn about the ‘availability pillar‡ of global food security that lies at the heart of food production, applicable to both crops and animal production.

In this six-week course, applicants will learn the basics of crop production and find out how to feed the future world population without depleting our planet‡s resources. This course will start on June 13, 2017.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 6-8 hours pw
Subject: Environmental Studies
Institution: Wageningen University & Research and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $49
Session: Course Starts on June 13, 2017

Providers‡ Details

Wageningen University and Research centre is dedicated to exploring the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Learn more about WUR. WageningenX courses train (future) professionals in sustainable food systems and help consumers making informed choices about what they eat, how it is produced and the impact of their choices on the environment and society.

About This Course

How much food will be available for humankind in the future? Feeding nine billion people in 2050 without exhausting the planetary reserves is perhaps the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced.

Why Take This Course?

This course will discuss why yields in some parts of the world are lagging behind and identify the agro-ecological drivers that shape the broad diversity of production systems. Also, key issues relating to the closing of yield gaps and the difference in visions of sustainability will be explored.

Learning Outcomes

In this course, you will learn about crop production from professor Ken E. Giller:

  • The principles of production ecology
  • How to use resources most efficiently for crop production
  • To identify which biophysical principles are constraining factors in yield formation
  • To assess yield gaps at the level of fields and production systems around the world, contributing to efficient resource management


Ken Giller

Prof. Dr. Ken Giller is an outstanding expert in the field of Plant Production Systems. He leads a group of scientists with profound experience in farming systems analysis to explore future scenarios for land use with a focus on food production at Wageningen University.

Gerrie van de Ven

Gerrie van de Ven holds a PhD in Agricultural Science from Wageningen University. She is employed at the Plant Production Systems Group. Gerrie van de Ven combines teaching and research with a focus on farming systems analysis and optimisation of land use systems.

Harrie Lovenstein

Harrie Lovenstein holds an MSc in tropical agronomy. He has specialized in arid land agriculture and gained hands on experience in o.a. runoff farming, agroforestry systems, and tree propagation techniques. All with common goal: “more crop per drop.”


Undergraduate basic biology

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