Introduction to Organic Farming


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.

After completing 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.


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Participants who meet the course requirements will receive a Certificate of Completion issued in electronic format.


Module 1
Introduction to Organic Farming
Module 2
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
Certificate of Achievement
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Course Language
English ‎(en)‎
Next start date
3, June 2024
Time required
4 hours over 2 weeks
Course fee
Free of charge
Course access
Open for enrolment
Tutor Information

Shaun Lake (Tutor)

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