OL 333 Climate Smart Agriculture
8 weeks. Courses are offered every two months. Current offering dates are in the column to the side.
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Climate Smart Agriculture. Depleted soils, unreliable access to water, outmoded agricultural practices and a lack of coping strategies for adapting to a changing climate are leading to reduced agricultural productivity, income generation, and food security for smallholder farmers worldwide.
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This past year CSDi has participated in a number of agricultural partner projects worldwide. We are seeing tremendous similarities between the projects: eroded topsoil, gullies, not enough water, too much water, drought, and a lack of knowledge of effective techniques for adapting to a changing climate. These challenges lead to reduced harvests, reduced income, and reduced food security.
Agricultural families suffer from widespread malnutrition caused by a changing climate. These challenges exacerbate the already complex problem of poverty due to a lack of agricultural income. Combined, they lead to chronically malnourished and frequently ill children—and an inability to purchase food and pay for children’s education and health care.
The solutions that students have been developing for their projects include a community-based Climate Smart Agricultural Program. In OL 333 students and their community members will first develop a participatory mapping of crop systems, and soil and water resources, and then consult with an expert in soil, water and agriculture to develop a participatory training process for developing a Climate Smart Agricultural Program specific to their local context.
The course includes an overview of climate smart agricultural practices complete with downloadable manuals and field guides for each technique. See the full syllabus below.
To earn a diploma in Integrated CBA, DRR and Rural Development, you must complete four required, sequential foundation courses, then select four elective courses (such as this one—OL 333) of your choice for a total of eight courses. With a wide variety of electives, you are able to tailor the diploma program to meet your contextual needs and interests.
OL 333 Course Syllabus
|Week 1.||Local Context|
|Week 3.||Survey of Solution-Oriented Adaptation Techniques|
Buffering against extended dry spells, the late arrival of rain and/or an early end to the rainy season, and from strong tropical rains.
|Week 7.||Workshop Planning|
|Week 8.||Capacity Building|
The Course also Provides the Following Resources
Documents on course topics by contemporary experts.
Books, posters and manuals available online for download.
Internet development links organized by sector.
Class forum for posting questions to your classmates.
There are no books to buy—all course materials can be linked to, or downloaded from the course site.
Visit the companion course: OL 332: Water Conservation and Management.
There are prerequisites for taking this course: Either OL 102 – or – OL 342. Please don’t sign up for this course if you haven’t successfully completed the prerequisites. Prerequisites are absolute: please do not ask us for an exception.
Why are there Prerequisites for Advanced Courses?
Choose which price fits your profile.
1. The 8-week course is $100.00 for citizens of developing nations.
2. The 8-week course is $150.00 for citizens of developed nations.
When you are ready to pay, click ‘Enroll Now’ at the bottom of this page. Questions?: Online.Learning@csd-i.org .
You will be sent your Login username and password, and instructions for starting the course on the Monday before the course begins. We look forward to meeting you.
The online course will be led by Tim Magee, CSDi’s Executive Director, who has over 30 years experience in both working with nonprofits and leading training workshops. Mr. Magee is the author of A Field Guide to Community Based Adaptation published by Routledge/Earthscan.
If you have a question don’t hesitate to contact us at: Online.Learning@csd-i.org.
Space is limited.