COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course introduces the basics of organic farming for agricultural practitioners, particularly those involved in small- to medium-sized operations and located in developing or least-developed countries. Its first module introduces the general aspects of organic farming, and aims to help participants determine whether organic farming is a viable and interesting opportunity for their farm/company. Its second to fourth modules are more technical and take participants through the organic transition, production, certification and marketing process, providing practical tips and advice on evaluating and improving soil quality, implementing pest and disease control mechanisms, and finding the most promising channels to sell their organic produce, among other things.

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After this course, participants will be able to:

Evaluate whether organic farming presents an interesting opportunity for their farm/company;
Assess how to incorporate the basic aspects of soil quality management and pest/disease control into a holistic method to sustainably produce organic crops; 
Conceptualize the various phases in the organic certification process; and;
Identify the most promising marketing channels to sell their organic produce.

COURSE STRUCTURE
  • Module 1: Introduction to Organic Farming
  • Module 2: Organic Farming: Soil Management and Organic Fertilizers
  • Module 3: Crop Protection in Organic Farming: Principles and Methods
  • Module 4: Becoming Certified Organic and Marketing Organic Products
  • Case Study Exercise