Productivity in the agricultural and forestry sectors has seen a remarkable growth in the past decades, partly at the expense of the environment. A rising world population along with economic growth and changing consumption patterns are further increasing demand for primary products. This pressure on agricultural productivity is happening against the backdrop of dwindling natural resources and the effects of an increasingly variable climate.
Reconciling production with the sustainable management of land and other natural resources is considered as being the major challenge for current and future agriculture and forestry systems. Research and innovation are crucial to support the move towards more sustainable, "triple performing" types of primary production which embrace economic, social and environmental objectives.
To rise to the challenge, research and demonstration activities will encourage cooperation across basic and applied research disciplines, as well as between researchers, practitioners, businesses and other stakeholders. The resulting innovations should benefit a diverse primary production sector and ensure that high quality products and services continue to be delivered in sustainable ways. Below are some selected courses in this area.
The Rural Environmental Conservation and Management (Agr), M.Sc. enables students to develop a comprehensive understanding of the rural landscape, the environmental challenges facing it and to develop the necessary skill set to respond to these challenges.
The Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development (Agr), M.Sc. programme from University College Dublin is designed and delivered in a way that builds capabilities in core analytical, conceptual, communications and research skills as well as providing the knowledge base required...
The Masters in Agricultural Extension and Innovation will equip graduates with the skills and knowledge to be effective in building the capacity of farmers / food producers to adopt new practices and technologies.
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Master of Engineering in Electronics and Computer.
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