Mediterranean Organic Agriculture

Organized by MAI Bari
Mai Coordinators: Lina ALBITAR

Aims

The MOA Master programme aims at preparing graduates to produce innovation in Mediterranean organic agriculture, creating and maintaining sustainability in the farming system, assisting and contributing to national development of organic legislations and regulatory framework.

Objectives

The main objective of the MOA Master Programme is to train graduated agronomists and agricultural engineers for future professional careers in the domain of Organic Agriculture. Within this framework, the general learning outcomes are:  

  • to develop agronomic skills related to practices and techniques of Mediterranean Organic Agriculture production and management;
  • to develop skills related to legislation, inspection, certification and labeling of organically-produced food and fibres;
  • to build capacity in socio-economic analysis and market strategy for organic agriculture;
  • to provide trainees with the necessary tools and expertise to assess the agricultural, environmental, and socio-economic opportunities and constraints of organic agriculture in different Mediterranean areas. 

PART 1
THE MASTER OF CIHEAM - BARI PROGRAMME

The programme is organized in 11 Units (60 ECTS)

Duration: 8 months (from October 2016 to May 2017)

 

Unit I

03 - 29 Oct ‘16 INTRODUCTORY DISCIPLINES (6 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure : written examination

Unit II

31 Oct - 12 Nov ’16 ORGANIC LIVESTOCK HUSBANDRY FARMING (4 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure : written exams

Unit III

14 Nov – 03 Dec‘16 SOIL FERTILITY MANAGEMENT IN ORGANIC FARMING (5 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure : written exams and practical work (exercises, assignments)

Unit IV

05 Dec 16 – 05 Jan ‘17 INSECT, DISEASE AND WEED MANAGEMENT (6 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure : written exams and practical work (exercises, assignments, group presentations)

Unit V

09 – 21 Jan ‘17 GLOBAL MARKETS AND MARKETING FOR ORGANIC AGRO-FOOD PRODUCTS (4 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure : written exams and practical work (exercises, assignments)

Unit VI

23 Jan - 11 Feb ‘17 Organic Farming ECONOMICS, POLICY Development AND SOCIAL Aspects (5 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure : written exams and practical work (exercises, assignments)

Unit VII

13 Feb - 11 Mar ‘17 ORGANIC STANDARDS AND LEGISLATION (8 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure : written exams and practical work (exercises, assignments); student project design and presentation in written and oral formats

Unit VIII

13 Mar - 08 Apr ‘17 ORGANIC MEDITERRANEAN COMMODITIES PRODUCTION (8 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure : written exams and practical work (exercises, assignments); case study presentation.

Unit IX

24 Apr -13 May ‘17 QUALITY, SAFETY AND POST-HARVEST HANDLING OF ORGANIC CROPS (4 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure : written exams and reports

Unit X

15 - 20 May ‘17 IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF ORGANIC AGRICULTURE (2 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure : written exams and practical work (exercises, assignments)

Unit XI

10 Oct’16 - 27 May ‘17 PROJECT (7 ECTS)

Evaluation procedure : Final written report

EXAMINATIONS

Participants take a written examination at the end of each sub-unit. Examinations are in the form of written exams in classroom, including sets of open questions, exercises or multiple choice questions.

To evaluate Unit 11 (project), participants prepare an individual report in written form.

Participants may retake failed exams once and up to 8 ECTS.

At the end of the course, participants take a comprehensive oral examination with an examining board.

LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION:  ENGLISH

ACADEMIC STAFF

In the Master programme lectures are given by MAIB internal staff and by 30 prestigious visiting professors from all over the world, coming from universities, higher institutions, international organizations and research centres.

 

PART 2
THE MASTER OF SCIENCE THESIS

Supervised research work: Thesis and defence (60 ECTS)
Duration: 11 months

Projects (60 ECTS)

Research activities: topics generally available for Master of Science theses

  • Management of cropping systems and soil fertility, quality of agricultural products and agricultural by-product recovery
  • Biological control and natural biomolecules
  • Sustainability of agricultural and natural systems
  • Economic and market research
  • Socio-economic impacts and impacts of support policies