In view of global change spanning from population growth, migration, and urbanization
to climate change, land degradation and water scarcity, the sustainable use of human
and natural resources for the continued provision of quantitatively and qualitatively
adequate food poses a major challenge to all stakeholders involved in agricultural
production worldwide. This module therefore addresses the basic concepts and
principles of sustainability and sustainable agriculture, in its ecological, economic and
social dimensions. Approaches to determine the bio-physical and socio-economic
sustainability of a land use systems and of agricultural value chains are evaluated, and
possibilities to implement sustainable management strategies along the continuum of
water, soils, plants, animals, producers and consumers are discussed, thereby also
accounting for relevant temporal and spatial scales.

Learning outcome, core skills:
Students
• are able to describe the main bio-physical and socio-economic drivers shaping
agricultural production systems and land and resource use strategies;
• have knowledge of relevant ecological, economic and social indicators
• can describe and apply integrated approaches of indicator use for the evaluation of
a system"s sustainability