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A survey of New Zealand’s leadership role in agriculture, including farm types, financial models, and agricultural science and technology, and the social and environmental imperatives that result.
The paper outlines New Zealand’s leadership role in agriculture globally, including farm types, financial models, and agricultural science and technology, and the social and environmental imperatives that result.
New Zealand Agricultural Systems highlight farmers continuing need to retain their Licence to Operate in Agriculture through the introduction of innovative systems to manage soil and water, to sustain biodiversity, limit soil erosion, reverse climate change and sequester carbon.
|Paper title||New Zealand Agricultural Systems|
|Teaching period||Semester 2 (On campus)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$1,092.15|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$5,004.75|
- AGRI 101 or 108 points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Commerce, Science
This is appropriate for a BApplSci AGRI Major or Minor, BASc or BSc, when combined with papers in Science. It provides for dual qualifications in Science (B AGRI - TECH), Environmental studies (B AGRI - ENV) or Commerce (B AGRI- BUS).
- More information link
More information can be viewed on the Ag@Otago website: https://www.otago.ac.nz/agriculture
- Teaching staff
Convenor: Emeritus Professor Frank Griffin
Other lecturers: TBC
Lecturers from Commerce, Business, Humanites and Sciences will teach different modules.
- Paper Structure
Students will develop an understanding of Indigenous and European models of agriculture. They will understand the limitations of commodified food production where Volume rather than Value is the driver. They will appreciate that NZ farmers continuing Licence to Operate in Agriculture demand critical management of soil and water, to sustain biodiversity, limit climate change and sequester carbon.
- Case study reports 15 %
- Mid term test 10 %
- Laboratory test 15 %
- Final exam 60 %
- Teaching Arrangements
Case studies: 2x3 h
Field work 1x6h
No course text is sufficient to cover the diversity of topics covered in the AGRI papers. Electronic links to specific publications will be used as the literature resource.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking,
Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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- Learning Outcomes
- Understand how indigenous models of farming complemented European models post colonization
- Have an understanding of the pre-eminent role of farmers in the NZ economy and political agencies for most of the 20th Century.
- Appreciate how NZ has developed a reputation as the most successful pastoral economy globally
- Have an appreciation of the development of pastoral farming and the challenges faced exporting perishable food over vast distances.
- Understanding the ongoing technical developments in NZ farming that has allowed Kiwi farming to remain the central plank in its economic platform