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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Sep 8th 2016

Learn how to apply systems thinking to improve the environmental sustainability of food production systems.

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Jun 16th 2016

Learn the basics of crop production in order to feed the world and preserve our planet’s resources. Feeding nine billion people in 2050 without exhausting the planetary reserves is perhaps the greatest challenge mankind has ever faced. This environmental studies course will examine the principles of production ecology and the ‘availability pillar’ of global food security that lie at the heart of food production, which can be applied to both crops and animal production. This course will discuss why yields in some parts of the world are lagging behind and identify the agro-ecological drivers that shape the wide diversity of production systems.

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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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