The continuing production of safe, wholesome food in an environmentally sensitive manner is a major political issue for national governments and internationally within global commodity markets. A report produced by the UK Cabinet Office in 2008 (Food Matters: Towards a Strategy for the 21st Century) predicts that the global population will rise to 9 billion by 2050 rising from a current estimate of nearly 6.8Bn. This increase in population size will substantially increase the demand for food. The global estimates vary in magnitude, but it is thought approximately 25% of crops are lost to pests and diseases, such as insects, fungi and other plant pathogens (FAO Crop Prospects and Food Situation 2009)
In a 2009 response to the emerging issues centred on global food security, the UK BBRSC launched a consultation exercise entitled Future Directions in Research Relating to Food Security. In seeking responses as to the direction of future research BBSRC identified a number of key themes. These included the:
- Translation of research into commercial practice and the creation of effective partnerships to enable exchange of knowledge and development of skills in the uptake of new scientific findings
- Establishment of require long-term programmes in research and training, underpinned by investment in the agricultural research infrastructure
- Focus on applying the latest science to increasing crop and animal productivity globally while minimising negative environmental impact (including reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving the efficient use of water, energy and other inputs, conserving biodiversity and landscapes), reducing losses from pests and diseases, enhancing food safety and quality for improved nutrition, and reducing waste throughout the food supply chain.
This course is intended to provide students with a key understanding of the issues involved in the sustainable production of food in accordance with the themes outlined above and is underpinned by an extensive programme of associated research at Harper Adams.
Course Fees: PgC for UK and European Students = £ 2,500 p/a PgC for Overseas Students = £4,250 p/a
PgD for UK and European Students = £5,000 p/a PgD for Overseas Students = £8,500 p/a
MSc for UK and European Students = £7,500 MSc for Overseas Students = £10,000
PgD Veterinary Physiotherapy for UK and European Students = £8,400 PgD Veterinary Physiotherapy for Overseas Students = £15.000
MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy for UK and European Students = £9,900 MSc Veterinary Physiotherapy for Overseas Studnets = 17,050
Postgraduate Research Courses for UK and European Students = £5,750 Postgraduate Research Courses for Overseas Students = £11,500