Study Agriculture & Forestry in Netherlands

Study Agriculture & Forestry in Netherlands

Studying Agriculture & Forestry

Agriculture and forestry study soil, animal and plant life and the natural resources they produce. Sub-disciplines include studies in agriculture, horticulture, forestry, aquatic life, crop sciences, and more.

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Studying in Netherlands

The Netherlands (also known as Holland) was the first non-English-speaking country to offer degrees in English. Therefore, various programmes are taught in English and are very internationally oriented.

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54 Agriculture & Forestry Short Courses in Netherlands

Certificate Laboratory Animal Science

The objective of this 2-week intensive course in laboratory animal science is to present basic facts and principles that are essential for the human use and care of animals and for the quality of research. The content of Laboratory Animal Science from Utrecht Summer School is in line with recommandations of the Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations (FELASA) regarding the training of the (young) scientist whose research involves the use of vertrebrate animals.

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UU)
Certificate Diagnostic Avian and Exotic Animals Pathology

In Diagnostic Avian and Exotic Animals Pathology from Utrecht Summer School the student is trained to perform post-mortem diagnostics based on protocols, and to formulate, based on this diagnosis, the pathogenesis, the etiology and significance of the pathological conclusion for the contact animals.

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UU)
Certificate Observing Primate Behaviour

The summer course Observing Primate Behaviour from Utrecht Summer School focuses on getting familiar with primate observational methods by observing primate social behaviour. Through the analysis of gathered observational data, students follow the scientific cycle by investigating and presenting their own research questions.

Babel Language Institute
Certificate 2017 Course on Monitoring, Evaluation and Impact Assessment of Food and Nutrition Security Programmes with Fellowship Opportunit

The 2013 Lancet nutrition series reported that rigorous evaluations on the effects of nutrition programmes are scarce or non-existent. This absence of adequate monitoring, evaluation and impact assessments represents a major constraint in food and nutrition insecurity programmes. Even though there is evidence that well-designed monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment is valuable in assessing and improving programme performance, many programme planners and managers are not fully able to develop, operate and interpret the results of monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment. The course offered will help to address this need.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate 2017 Course on Integrated Pest Management and Food Safety with Fellowship Opportunity

Increased awareness of the adverse effects pesticides have on the environment and consumer concern about the safety of our food has led to the need for more sustainable agricultural production systems. Integrated Pest Management and Good Agricultural Practices have become essential components of sustainable agriculture. The integration of various control measures, where pesticides are used only as a last resort, ensures that pests remain below the economic threshold, thus supporting food safety and international market access. But without supportive and enabling policies and institutions integrated pest management will fail.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate Bees and Flowering Plants

We will study the amazing functions of bee behaviour and the very special relation of bees with flowering plants. Why are bees so important for us and for the natural flora? The biodiversity within the group of the bees will be studied at a world-wide level. Students of the Bees and Flowering Plants course at Utrecht Summer School will actively participate in lab work, field observations and will have a chance to observe behaviour inside the living colony of the Honeybee.

Certificate 2017 Course on Competing Claims on Natural Resources with Fellowship Opportunity

Competition over land and natural resources is increasingly overstretching the multi-functionality of landscapes, whether it is at local or at global level. With the ambition as enshrined in numerous international conventions and national polices alike to reconcile agricultural development and the wise use of our natural resources, this places enormous pressure on resource managers to broker development outcomes that suit both agendas. It implies rethinking current natural resources management paradigms and applying new analytical frameworks to better understand conflicts, the driving forces behind them and the design of process approaches to manage them.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Short Course 2017 Course on Governance of Landscapes, Forests and People

Forested landscapes worldwide are increasingly integrated in global processes of trade, market development, resource exploitation and climate change. Site-based or community level approaches can no longer cope with these issues which exceed the local sphere of influence. Although landscapes are usually considered to be appropriate levels to negotiate land use options, they are rarely recognised as units of political- administrative decision making, hence do not have any formal place in decentralised structures of states.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate Ethics of Animal Welfare (Utrecht University)

The aim of this course is to make scientists and other professionals (managers, policy makers) in the field of animal management aware of the ethical dimensions of their dealing with animal (welfare) issues. The course offers knowledge and tools that enables them to deal with ethical questions on both a theoretical and a practical level.

Graduate School of Life Sciences
Certificate 2017 Course on Governance & Food Safety in International Food Chains with Fellowship Opportunity

In complex food supply it is not easy to guarantee an appropriate level of protection from contaminants, toxins and residues, and not to suffer from a burden of rules and on-site inspections. To deliver safe food as well as to create sustainable business governments, producers, manufacturers and retail have to design and implement scientifically sound and practical surveillance, control and enforcement measures. But how to do that?

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate 2017 Course on Managing for Sustainable Development Impact with Fellowship Opportunity

Most development initiatives take place in highly dynamic contexts: a diversity of people is involved and change processes are complex and uncertain. Guiding your development initiative towards impact involves navigating related challenges. In this three-week course you will strengthen your ability to play a significant role in managing for impact (M4I). This asks for a proactive orientation toward people, context, and learning , and an integrative approach which connects strategic & operations management to monitoring & evaluation (M&E). Particular attention is given to the enabling environment in terms of capacities and conditions for M4I, including effective communication.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate 2016 course on Organised farmers as partners in agribusiness with fellowship opportunity

Family farms constitute the majority of the world’s small and medium enterprises. These farms (have to) produce the food for a rapidly growing and increasing urban population. Through collective action of their organisations, farmers can improve their performance and income. Facilitators, equipped with practical approaches and tools, can do more to support farmers and their organisations.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Short Course Linking Emergency Aid to Food and Nutrition Security 2016 Course with Fellowship Opportunity

There has been a substantial increase in the number and impact of natural disasters such as earth quake of Nepal April 2015. But also man-made crisis and disasters are increasing and many conflicts have remained unresolved. Emergency or food aid, although necessary, is often criticised as a donor driven response, creating dependency in the short term, and undermining initiatives for local agricultural development in the longer term. Usually, only a few incentives exists to encourage people to build a better life and prevent them from falling back into avoidable situations where they need assistance again.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Short Course 2016 course on Competing claims on natural resources with fellowship opportunity

Competition over land and natural resources is increasingly overstretching the multi-functionality of landscapes, whether it is at local or at global level. With the ambition as enshrined in numerous international conventions and national polices alike to reconcile agricultural development and the wise use of our natural resources, this places enormous pressure on resource managers to broker development outcomes that suit both agendas. It implies rethinking current natural resources management paradigms and applying new analytical frameworks to better understand conflicts, the driving forces behind them and the design of process approaches to manage them.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate Forensic Veterinary Medicine

This Forensic Veterinary Medicine course from Utrecht Summer School is not only for students of veterinary science but also other interested students, for instance psychology, physicians, criminology, law and biology are very welcome.

Certificate Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture and Natural Resource Management

Climate change is again ‘hot’ in public and political debate. Waves of attention seem to have relation with what is happening in international climate negotiations. The upcoming Paris UNFCCC Conference of Parties triggers much reaction from policymakers, NGOs and the private sector. But was have these negotiations to do with local problems and initiatives for climate change adaptation?

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Short Course 2017 Course on Rural Entrepreneurship with Fellowship Opportunity

Rural entrepreneurship has the potential to drive innovations that can reduce poverty, increase access to food and create employment. For this to happen, actors in agrifood value chains need to trust each other. However, local agrifood value chains are almost always characterised by protectionist behaviour resulting in very high marketing costs and a stalemate, instead of by a drive for positive change and development. This course is focused on breaking the deadlock these value chains are in. It hands you the tools to do that.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Short Course 2016 course on Local economic development: towards agribusiness cluster development with fellowship opportunity

Market demand and agribusiness clusters are considered to be important vehicles for poverty reduction, attaining food security and creating rural wealth. The focus tends to be on high-end markets & international trade. However, for most smallholder producers, local entrepreneurs and poor consumers, rural economies and the dynamics of rural fresh produce markets & local trade are far more important!

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate Ecosytem Approach to Fisheries

Maintaining healthy ecosystems and a vibrant fishing sector is of paramount importance to all coastal regions in the world. Making sure that the interests of the fishery sector are considered and represented versus the claims and interests of other user groups, is one of the tasks of the fisheries manager. The ecosystem approach takes the wider ecosystem and its interactions with fisheries into consideration.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate Agriculture in Transition

To go beyond just an increase in outputs to feed 9 billion people in 2050, an integral redirection of current farming practices is required. Nowadays there is a compelling need for creative thinkers that lead the way to innovative and more sustainable agricultural production. This two week’s intensive course will give you new tools and perspectives to become one of them.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Short Course Integrated Seed Sector Development

Integrated seed sector development Over the last decades, the formal seed system in most developing countries has shifted from a publicly dominated sector to a privately dominated sector. However, throughout the world, the largest quantities of seed are still produced by farmers themselves. Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) aims to better link informal and formal seed systems, and balance public and private sector involvement.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate 2016 course on Climate change and food security nexus with fellowship opportunity

Our climate is changing and communities all over the world are affected. Changing climates have severe negative impacts on natural resources and consequently on food and livelihood security. Societies consequently need to learn to cope with the changes predicted, warmer temperatures, drier soils, changes in weather extremes and rising sea levels. At different governance levels and scales, appropriate responses are needed. However in many countries the existing governance structures and processes are not suited to manage climate change and the adaptive capacity and leadership to address the challenges is often lacking.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Short Course 2016 Course on HIV and Food and Nutrition Security with Fellowship Opportunity

Although the AIDS epidemic has been forced into decline, the number of people living with HIV continues to increase. The access to antiretroviral therapy is globally increasing, resulting that people are living longer and healthier lives. Food and nutrition security is vital to continue this positive trend. Lack of food and nutrition security undermines the adherence to the antiretroviral therapy and may hasten the progression to the AIDS phase. At the same time it also reduce the productivity and working capacity of people living with HIV, sending them in a downwards spiral of malnutrition, ill-health and food and nutrition insecurity.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate 2016 Course on Market Access for Food Security with Fellowship Opportunity

Today, markets have become mainstream instruments for poverty reduction, smallholder inclusion and increased food & nutrition security. However, market dynamics, failures and shortcomings often diminish the desired impacts and/or long term effects. This international course shows participants to which extent and in which manner markets can be used to induce and prolong positive change

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate 2016 Course on Making Agriculture Work for Food and Nutrition Security with Fellowship Opportunity

Despite the world-wide increase of food availability 1 out of 3 people are malnourished due to undernourishment, micronutrient deficiencies and/or overweight. Evidence shows that malnutrition has life-long detrimental impacts on learning capacity, productivity and income-generating potential of populations. The sustainable development goals aim to end hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture by year 2030. Agriculture plays a key role in the provision of food and nutrition security. But agricultural programs and policies do not automatically lead to better nourished populations. In some cases these programs and policies can even be detrimental to the nutritional situation of vulnerable groups. Agricultural programs and policies need to take nutrition outcomes into account.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Short Course 2017 Course on Milking to Potential with Fellowship Opportunity

Dairy sectors all over the world are challenged by expanding populations and economic growth. Growing demand for dairy products has led to a significant increase in public and private involvement and to new opportunities for a range of stakeholders. This 2 weeks course will enable participants in designing and implementing dairy development strategies in emerging economies.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate Laboratory Animal Science

The objective of the 80 hours course is to present basic facts and principles that are essential for the humane use and care of laboratory animals and for the quality of research.

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Short Course 2016 course on Lost harvest and wasted food with fellowship opportunity

Stark contrasts exist in how we manage the food we have available. While in developing and transition countries food losses mainly happen post-harvest, in the urban and wealthier communities good food is wasted in retail stages of the supply chain and by consumers. Strategies to minimize food losses and waste along the chain can contribute to food security and sustainable food production.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Short Course 2016 Course on Fisheries Governance for Food Security with Fellowship Opportunity

Fisheries contributes to food security and nutrition and plays a vital role in global, national and rural economies. Fish is highly nutritious and serves worldwide as a valuable supplement in diets lacking essential proteins, vitamins and minerals. The primary threats undermining the food and nutrition security potential of fisheries results from ineffective management coupled with poor conservation of habitats. To enhance the contribution of fisheries to food and livelihoods security a transition towards more people centred governance approaches is needed. Involvement of the public, civil society and private sector is required to develop incentives for sustainable ecosystem management and to ensure that the role of fisheries in reaching global food production is taken into account. Organised by Wageningen UR Centre fo

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Short Course 2017 Course on Wetlands, Integrated Water Resources Management and Food Security with Fellowship Opportunity

“The pressure on wetlands is likely to intensify in the coming decades due to increased global demand for land and water, as well as climate change.”(Wetlands International, 2015). Wetlands play an essential role in supporting food security, in making water resources management sustainable and in adapting to climate change impacts. How do we prevent that wetlands continue to disappear in the same rate as in the past and that these valuable ecosystem services are lost? We believe we need stewards who can advocate the value of wetlands.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate Competing claims on natural resources course 2016 (Fellowship opportunity)

Competition over land and natural resources is increasingly overstretching the multi-functionality of landscapes, whether it is at local or at global level. With the ambition as enshrined in numerous international conventions and national polices alike to reconcile agricultural development and the wise use of our natural resources, this places enormous pressure on resource managers to broker development outcomes that suit both agendas. It implies rethinking current natural resources management paradigms and applying new analytical frameworks to better understand conflicts, the driving forces behind them and the design of process approaches to manage them.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate Plant Breeding

Are you looking for more theoretical background on plant breeding? This online course includes five modules, both basic, more complex breeding and selection methods, new technological developments, and underlying biological concepts.

Short Course Plant Genetic Resources and Seeds

Loss of genetic resources has resulted in major concerns about future food and nutrition security. The vulnerability of agricultural systems towards pests, diseases and climate change makes the topic urgent, and has led to the development of a range of conservation strategies. Community Biodiversity Management (CBM) distinguishes itself from other conservation strategies by enhancing social interdependence, collaboration, adaptability and autonomy.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate 2017 Course on Horticulture Sector Development for Emerging Markets with Fellowship Opportunity

The rapid rise of the middle class and rising per capita income in emerging economies are leading to increasing demand for healthy, safe and sustainably produced horticultural products. These developments offer new opportunities for farmers and stakeholders involved in the sector. However, it also requires the transition from highly fragmented and informal market channels to a more professional horticultural sector. Development of the national horticulture sector may in turn open up opportunities for accessing the international export market for horticulture products.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate Fisheries Governance

The number of the world's fish stocks in trouble today seems to exceed the number of those in good shape. The causes are many, but overfishing is a major one - for which fisheries managers are often blamed. Their complexity, diversity and dynamics, and the involvement of a large number of stakeholders, make fisheries difficult to govern.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate 2016 Course on Ensuring Sustainability Through Inclusiveness with Fellowship Opportunity

Threats and opportunities challenge businesses to re-think the status quo of their operations: rising demand for agrifood products, combined with strains on water, land, and labour, stress the growing urgency of securing supply. As the world witnesses a shifting business landscape, old, unresolved problems scream out for attention.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate 2017 Course on Responsible Aquaculture Development for Food Security and Economic Progress with Fellowship Opportunity

On a global scale aquaculture has been growing steadily in the past decades. The global demand for aquaculture products is driven by an increasing world population, stagnant capture fisheries production and a growing awareness of the positive impact of consumption of fish and other aquatic products on human health. Fish and other seafood have become important export commodities for several developing countries. Especially in East, South and S.E. Asia aquaculture is a well-established and growing sector.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Short Course Responsible aquaculture development for food security and economic progress course 2016 with fellowship opportunity

On a global scale aquaculture has been growing steadily in the past decades. The global demand for aquaculture products is driven by an increasing world population, stagnant capture fisheries production and a growing awareness of the positive impact of consumption of fish and other aquatic products on human health. Fish and other seafood have become important export commodities for several developing countries. Especially in East, South and S.E. Asia aquaculture is a well-established and growing sector.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate Integrated Seed Sector Development

Over the last decades, the formal seed system in most developing countries has shifted from a publicly dominated sector to a privately dominated sector. However, throughout the world, the largest quantities of seed are still produced by farmers themselves. Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) recognises the relevance of formal and informal systems and aims to balance public and private sector involvement.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate Rights based approach to food and nutrition security 2017

There are an estimated 805 million people undernourished in the world, who go to bed hungry every day. One in eight persons world-wide suffers from life-long negative impact of undernutrition. Children are the most obvious victims. Not only increased morbidity and mortality is observed, but also learning disabilities, delayed cognitive development and poor health. During the course of life not only a decreased productivity and income-generating are documented but also increased health risks, such as increased risk on birth complications and obesity are being observed, exposing the future generation of children to the same risks.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Short Course Milking to potential

Dairy sectors all over the world are challenged by expanding populations and economic growth. Growing demand for dairy products has led to a significant increase in public and private involvement and to new opportunities for a range of stakeholders. This 2 weeks course will enable participants in designing and implementing dairy development strategies in emerging economies.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Short Course 2017 Course on Contemporary Approaches to Genetic Resources Conservation and Use with Fellowship Opportunity

Large-scale production and marketing of agricultural crops depend on a limited number of genetically uniform varieties that deliver uniform food products. With this approach becoming global, genetic diversity is endangered. Worldwide, strategies are developed to conserve genetic resources. This course provides state-of-the-art insight into various plant genetic resources management strategies and relevant policies.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate 2017 Course on Integrated Seed Sector Development with Fellowship Opportunity

Over the last decades, the formal seed system in most developing countries has shifted from a publicly dominated sector to a privately dominated sector. However, throughout the world, the largest quantities of seed are still produced by farmers themselves. Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) recognises the relevance of formal and informal systems and aims to balance public and private sector involvement.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Short Course 2016 Course on Food Security in an Urbanising Society with Fellowship Opportunity

Due to continuing rural-urban migration, over 50% of the world’s population now lives in densely populated urban areas and rely on complex agrifood systems often at risk of failure. This course focuses on how rural production and urban markets can be integrated to assure access to adequate quantities of nutritious food while sustaining the viability of the production areas.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)
Certificate Integrated Seed Sector Development

Over the last decades, the formal seed system in most developing countries has shifted from a publicly dominated sector to a privately dominated sector. However, throughout the world, the largest quantities of seed are still produced by farmers themselves. Integrated Seed Sector Development (ISSD) recognises the relevance of formal and informal systems and aims to balance public and private sector involvement.

Centre for Development Innovation (CDI)