This module discusses, in an interdisciplinary manner, the framework conditions and functioning of sub-/tropical agro-pastoral land use systems and introduces current research methods in land use systems analysis.

Topics cover soil conservation technologies for smallholder farming systems, conservation tillage systems, and the potential use of waste-stream products to enhance soil productivity in tropical peri-urban and rural areas. Furthermore, crop diversity in tropical agricultural systems as well as approaches to measure and cope with short-distance variability in crop growth and measurement techniques for nutrient fluxes in different agro-ecosystems are discussed. Other aspects of consideration are plant-animal interactions and nutritional wisdom, thereby also having a look at wildlife. Discussions of farm and family income in different farming systems complete the list of teaching contents.

This module for BSc students is taught in English language and discusses the main crop and livestock systems of tropical and subtropical regions. Next to providing an overview about relevant crop-, livestock- and mixed systems, specific details about particular tropical plants, such as rice and banana, and animal species, such camels and buffaloes, are provided.

MSc Program SIA,  mandatory module M.SIA.A10M
This module introduces students to key topics in animal nutrition and feed evaluation, with special reference to the particularities of tropical environments. The module offers a mix of lectures, laboratory practicals and calculation exercises, so as to provide students with in-depth insight into animal nutrition.