751-5201-10L  Tropical Cropping Systems, Soils and Livelihoods (with Excursion)

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersJ. Six, K. Benabderrazik
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentIMPORTANT: Students who enroll for this course are strongly recommended to verify with lecturers from other courses whether their absence of two weeks may affect their performance in the respective courses.


751-5201-10 GTropical Cropping Systems, Soils and Livelihoods
This course includes an excursion to Kenya from 28th October to 11th November 2023.
140s hrs
Thu08:15-10:00CHN D 29 »
J. Six, K. Benabderrazik

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AbstractThis course guides students in analyzing and comprehending tropical agroecosystems and food systems. Students gain practical knowledge of field methods, diagnostic tools and survey methods for tropical soils and agroecosystems. An integral part of the course is the two-week field project in the Mount Kenya Region, which is co-organized with the University of Embu (Kenya)
Objective(1) Overview of the major land use systems in Tropical agroecosystems in several contexts Africa
(2) Interdisciplinary analysis of agricultural production systems
(3) Knowledge on methods to assess agroecological performance of a tropical agroecosystems
(4) Hands-on training on the use of field methods, diagnostic tools and survey methods.
(5) Gain practical knowledge on how to assess to climate resilience and farming systems.
(6) Collaboration in international students and stakeholders
ContentThis course guides students in analyzing and comprehending tropical agroecosystems. Students of ETH Zürch will work together with the students from Embu University (Kenya) in an interdisciplinary and intercultural team. Students will focus on the Agroecological performance and climate resilience of diverse farming systems in the Mount Kenya Region.

From October 28th to November 11th, The students will take part in a field course in the Mount Kenya Region. Students will then gain practical knowledge on field, meeting several stakeholders of the agricultural and food systems and conducting various assessments related to climate resilience and farming systems.
Prerequisites / NoticeWe would require the students enrolled to the class to send a short cover letter (1-page max.) by September 18rd 2023, justifying your motivation to enroll to this class. A selection of 20 students will be done on the basis of the letters.
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Techniques and Technologiesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Project Managementassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Cooperation and Teamworkassessed
Leadership and Responsibilityassessed
Self-presentation and Social Influence fostered
Sensitivity to Diversityassessed
Personal CompetenciesAdaptability and Flexibilityassessed
Critical Thinkingassessed
Integrity and Work Ethicsassessed
Self-awareness and Self-reflection assessed
Self-direction and Self-management assessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits5 credits
ExaminersJ. Six, K. Benabderrazik
Typeungraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

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PlacesLimited number of places. Special selection procedure.
Waiting listuntil 06.10.2023
End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 26.09.2023

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Agricultural Sciences MasterFunctioning of Soil SystemsW+Information
Agricultural Sciences MasterSustainable Agricultural DevelopmentW+Information
Science, Technology, and Policy MasterResources and EnvironmentWInformation