Mediterranean Organic Agriculture (MOA)


The Master of Science Programme aims at creating the next generation of professionals able to foster development of organic agriculture and meet sustainability goals. The master program proposes a system-oriented approach in organic agriculture as a complex and dynamic process that requires careful management to ensure long-term sustainability and resilience. It integrates knowledge and methods from multiple disciplines to create sustainable organic food systems that match with the needs of local communities and territories in a range of bio-physical and socio-economic contexts. Learning and teaching strategies are combined to advance students technical and analytical skills together with the important soft skills of communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking.

Learning oucomes

At the end of the course, MOA students will be able to promote processes for the development of organic agriculture aimed at agroecological transition and sustainable food systems development. Students will be able to:
- Apply the principles and practices of organic agriculture, including crop management, soil health, and pest and disease management;
- Plan and promote conversion to organic agriculture and adopt a value chain perspective;
- Assess the environmental, social, and economic dimensions of organic farming and food production;
- Understand policy and regulatory frameworks that govern organic agriculture at the local, national, and international levels;
- Identify and apply innovative solutions that promote sustainability and resilience of organic farming and food systems;
- Apply collaborative problem-solving approach and system thinking to address complex challenges in organic agriculture.

The programme involves CIHEAM Bari staff and international scientists and practitioners who have made exceptional contributions to the organic sector. The first year of MOA programme is composed of eight thematic units followed by an applied project. During the second year students will carry out the research project on specific topics.

Candidates' profiles

The course is addressed to new graduate students and young professionals with a university background related to agronomic, horticultural, agricultural marketing and socio-economic issues.




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