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Sustainable food production - challenges and cropping system solutions

16 September 2021- Currently we plan for the teaching to take place on campus (subject to any changes in Covid-19 restrictions)

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MX0146 Sustainable food production - challenges and cropping system solutions, 7.5 Credits

Hållbar livsmedelsproduktion – utmaningar och odlingssystemlösningar

Syllabus approved



Agricultural science Environmental science

Education cycle

Bachelor’s level


Title Credits Code
Exercises 4.50 1002
Project 3.00 1003

Advanced study in the main field

First cycle, entry requirements only from upper secondary school(G1N)

Grading scale

Pass / Failed The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Basic entry requirements.


The course aims to provide students with an overview of how food crops are produced, the major challenges to sustainability associated with agriculture and solutions for increasing sustainability through cropping systems. Critical analysis of the problems and solutions will be encouraged as well as reflection on our personal impact on agricultural sustainability as consumers of food products.

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Describe cropping systems used to cultivate the most important food crops
- Identify major challenges to achieving agricultural sustainability and suggest cropping systems-based solutions
- Critically discuss and compare different sustainable agriculture approaches, including their strengths, weaknesses and societal impact
- Reflect on their own impact on agricultural sustainability as a consumers and citizens


The course consists of lectures, seminars and workshops, as well as group project work. Teaching will be provided by scientists who are experts in cropping systems and sustainable agriculture, and complemented by other stakeholders with interests in sustainable agriculture.

Seminars will allow interactive discussions on the lectures and related literature where debate of the key issues will be encouraged. Workshops will be used to share and create knowledge related to assignments and project work, exchange experience and opinions and assess our own personal impact on sustainable food production as consumers and citizens.

The course begins with an overview of the world’s major food crops and how they are produced. Then the major challenges to agricultural sustainability are presented. Focus is on environmental sustainability but economic and social sustainability will be discussed. Using a cases approach, several food production scenarios will be assessed for their sustainability problems and solutions based on scientific research into cropping systems will be presented. These solutions will be critically discussed and analysed. Finally, some wider global issues in agricultural sustainability will be presented and debated.

Formats and requirements for examination

Passing grades on assigments and project work. The course contains compulsory elements.

  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The study pace is 25% over a semester, with the predominant part of the course time in the evening.

Responsible department

Department of Crop Production Ecology

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom naturresurser och jordbruk (PN - NJ)
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 19027 SEK Cycle: Bachelor’s level
Subject: Agricultural science Environmental science
Course code: MX0146 Application code: SLU-30271 Location: Uppsala Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Crop Production Ecology Pace: 25%