Gerrie van de Ven

 

 


 

Gerrie van de Ven holds a PhD in Agricultural and Environmental Science from Wageningen University. She is employed at the Plant Production Systems Group, led by prof. Ken Giller. She combines teaching and research with a focus on farming systems analysis and optimization of land use systems. Nutrient cycling, environmental impacts and the interaction between crops and livestock, both in the western world and in Africa, have her special attention. Her scientific work has built on the production ecological principles and modelling approach as taught in this mooc. She teaches both under-graduate and post-graduate students on this subject .

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Jun 13th 2017

Learn the basics of crop production and find out how to feed the future world population without depleting our planet’s resources! How much food will be available for humankind in the future? Feeding nine billion people in 2050 without exhausting the planetary reserves is perhaps the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced. In this course of the XSeries in environmental studies, you will examine the principles of crop production. You will learn about the ‘availability pillar’ of global food security that lies at the heart of food production, applicable to both crops and animal production.

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Learn how to solve the ‘Rubik’s cube’ of systems thinking and how it’s applied to improve the environmental sustainability of food production systems! Have you ever considered how many aspects of food production affect the natural environment? Every aspect needs to be considered in attaining the future goal to produce enough food for the growing population while at the same time preserving our planet. It’s as difficult as solving a Rubik’s cube; changing one aspect may affect the environment in a major way.

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Jun 15th 2015

How to feed the world without depleting our planet’s reserves? Learn the basics of crop production.

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Jan 26th 2015

How to feed the world without exhausting planetary reserves? – understand the basics of crop production and explore the opportunities.

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