Future Food Production: Crops

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Feeding nine billion in 2050 without exhausting the planetary reserves is perhaps the greatest challenge mankind has ever faced. This course will examine the principles of production ecology and the ‘availability pillar’ of global food security that lie at the heart of food production. They can be applied to both crops and animal production. This course on the basics of crop production will discuss why yields in some parts of the world are lagging behind and identify the agro-ecological drivers that shape the wide diversity of production systems.

Furthermore, key issues relating to closing of yield gaps and how these link to different visions of sustainability will be explored.

This online course will be of great interest to international students and those with varied educational backgrounds, both professionally and culturally, to enrich their views and action perspectives related to global food security and food systems. Prof...

Feeding nine billion in 2050 without exhausting the planetary reserves is perhaps the greatest challenge mankind has ever faced. This course will examine the principles of production ecology and the ‘availability pillar’ of global food security that lie at the heart of food production. They can be applied to both crops and animal production. This course on the basics of crop production will discuss why yields in some parts of the world are lagging behind and identify the agro-ecological drivers that shape the wide diversity of production systems.

Furthermore, key issues relating to closing of yield gaps and how these link to different visions of sustainability will be explored.

This online course will be of great interest to international students and those with varied educational backgrounds, both professionally and culturally, to enrich their views and action perspectives related to global food security and food systems. Prof. Ken E. Giller will introduce you to crop production and underlying bio-physical principles in order to identify constraining factors in yield formation. He will explain how to assess yield gaps at the level of fields and production systems around the world, contributing to efficient resource management. Wageningen University and Research, through its unique systems-based approach to food systems, adds the phase of primary production to the broad context of global food security. 

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8/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 7 months ago
Thank you for providing this course! I really enjoyed it and appreciate all your time and effort. I would highly recommend this course to family and friends. It should be a required course in all schools, starting in elementary and throughout high school.
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9/10 starsCompleted
5 years, 7 months ago
best course on plant production, perhaps the calculation part can be explained little more in details
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5 years, 12 months ago
quiero estar en el curso para aprender como poder aser una agricultura sana para el bienestar alimentario de las personas
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5 years, 11 months ago
Introducing with the future food production is simple to say as we are upgrading our crops. But still there is a billion of people who are facing starvation in developing countries. Telling the techniques to the people would be very helpful to people as demand for food is increasing and we are enrolling in new techniques to produce crops. The content of the course should much deal with the aspects like why developing countries are unable to increase their production. And identify the places where the people die highest in numbers due to starvation. And what policies can be made for those people in there areas so that they could make their own 2 meals in a day. That must be focus.Just introducing to the techniques and parts will help them out to get the theory. the course would be helpful if introduction of some case study from developing being shown in course. Cause a student get these course from his universities also . but the main... Introducing with the future food production is simple to say as we are upgrading our crops. But still there is a billion of people who are facing starvation in developing countries. Telling the techniques to the people would be very helpful to people as demand for food is increasing and we are enrolling in new techniques to produce crops. The content of the course should much deal with the aspects like why developing countries are unable to increase their production. And identify the places where the people die highest in numbers due to starvation. And what policies can be made for those people in there areas so that they could make their own 2 meals in a day. That must be focus.Just introducing to the techniques and parts will help them out to get the theory. the course would be helpful if introduction of some case study from developing being shown in course. Cause a student get these course from his universities also . but the main aim should be on the policy paralyses. Please do more research work to show how things can be improved.
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6 years, 2 months ago
I really enjoyed taking this course. I feel like I learned a lot. I thought everything was explained very well and clearly with help of figures and pictures. Furthermore I thought the practice questions after every lecture were useful, because it kept you focusesd and you were forced to recap the information immediately. I also liked working with the growth simulator and doing calculations with the acquired data a lot. What I liked less about the course is the way of grading. The questions for grading would have been fine if all the questions were clear and the answers were straightforward. Often now I had questions wrong that weren't actually wrong in my opinion. I also had problems sometimes with the peer review, because often I interpreted the question differently than I should have done. During the review, I saw more students that understood the question differently. Furthermore I don't think peer review is the best way of gradin... I really enjoyed taking this course. I feel like I learned a lot. I thought everything was explained very well and clearly with help of figures and pictures. Furthermore I thought the practice questions after every lecture were useful, because it kept you focusesd and you were forced to recap the information immediately. I also liked working with the growth simulator and doing calculations with the acquired data a lot. What I liked less about the course is the way of grading. The questions for grading would have been fine if all the questions were clear and the answers were straightforward. Often now I had questions wrong that weren't actually wrong in my opinion. I also had problems sometimes with the peer review, because often I interpreted the question differently than I should have done. During the review, I saw more students that understood the question differently. Furthermore I don't think peer review is the best way of grading. Also the provided answers were quite limited. You never know if others grading are honest and rational. However I understand that with a course taken by so many people there is not really a good other option to grade everybody's assignments. Overall I enjoyed taking the course a lot, especially because eventhough if I passed the questions and assignments, I acquired a lot of interesting knowledge!
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9/10 starsTaking Now
6 years, 2 months ago
I appreciate the opportunity to take this course from one of the leading research universities in agriculture. The assignments require undergraduate- level math skills; as long as you can handle dimensional analysis, the calculations are quite easy. The online crop production simulator tool is actually quite impressive to me; I appreciate the effort that went into designing this tool and compiling the data behind it. My main critique is that the rubrics for the peer-graded problems should more clearly stated ahead of time. Overall, though, this course has a good balance of videos, hands-on experimentation (unique for a MOOC), readings, practice problems, and homework problems.
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10/10 starsTaking Now
6 years, 2 months ago
Very complete course, that gives a good introduction to crop growing. Especially the 'learning by growing' experiment makes it very practical and hands on.
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6 years, 2 months ago
I am totally disappointed that 50% of the mark for grading is based on random student marking. It totally undermines the motivation to take this course. I will do the lectures for now to learn what I can then drop the course since there is no point in doing the graded work. Furthermore, having done dozens of MOOC's I have noticed one difference with the European approach. Courses like this based in Europe have way more technical content whereas the American courses are designed for the generalist. Personally I am looking for generalized knowledge on a topic, not highly technical details. I don't work in the fields I am studying so I do not need nor want to know how to calculate the maintenance coefficient in ton (CH2O) ton-1 (dry matter) per day within 5 digits. Yes that's the actual question on the exam in the second week. In short though I am interested in general knowledge about growing food crops, this course goes into and tests... I am totally disappointed that 50% of the mark for grading is based on random student marking. It totally undermines the motivation to take this course. I will do the lectures for now to learn what I can then drop the course since there is no point in doing the graded work. Furthermore, having done dozens of MOOC's I have noticed one difference with the European approach. Courses like this based in Europe have way more technical content whereas the American courses are designed for the generalist. Personally I am looking for generalized knowledge on a topic, not highly technical details. I don't work in the fields I am studying so I do not need nor want to know how to calculate the maintenance coefficient in ton (CH2O) ton-1 (dry matter) per day within 5 digits. Yes that's the actual question on the exam in the second week. In short though I am interested in general knowledge about growing food crops, this course goes into and tests on way more detailed technical information than I would care to know.
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6 years, 2 months ago
Contrary to the review below, I do find this course very well organized. The course program follows the principles of production ecology step by step, going from potential to actual yield with one step a week. Each step gives clues about how to optimize growing our future food. In addition, I do like the level of detail. This course adds to the dozens of articles in newspapers, magazines and journals, books and tv documentaries on the challenges around meeting our future food demand by going back to the basics of how crops actually grow. That involves some biochemical processes which will indeed be a bit harder to grasp all at once for some of us. But those details will certainly help you to understand the challenges concerning producing food for those future nine billion people.
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2/10 starsCompleted
6 years, 2 months ago
This course is very poorly managed. The lessons lack direction and focus. The non-peer evaluations are ambiguous, and contain mistakes that are _eventually_ fixed, but grades are not compensated. The peer evaluation method is used arbitrarily, without a clear rubric so grades are very random. I have taken 2 WageningenX courses and they were both poor quality compared to other edX courses. Avoid them.
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6/10 starsDropped
6 years, 1 month ago
This was the first course I studied using EdX. The course staff present their information well and the videos were very comprehensive. I did not finish the course as the content has a strong scientific focus. When I enrolled in the course, I was expecting a greater emphasis on the geo-political issues that inhibit crop production. There is a large part of the assessment which is peer review and that form of assessment comes with its own inherent problems. Undertake this course if you have a strong interest in the science of crop production and scientific factors which influence yield.
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