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Free online course on Agriculture, Economics and Nature

The University of Western Australia is once again offering a free online course on the economics of agriculture, natural resources and the environment.

This course is about agricultural production and the interaction between agriculture and the environment. The material presented can help us understand changes that have occurred in agriculture, and support improved decision making about things like agricultural production methods, agricultural input levels, resource conservation, and the balance between agricultural production and its environmental impacts.

The course will be presented by Professor David Pannell, who is one of Australia’s leading economists working in the area of agriculture, natural resources and environment. His research includes work on the economics of farming systems, land conservation, farmers’ behaviour, agri-environmental policy, risk in agriculture, weed management, and environmental management. At the University of Western Australia David is Head of the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, and Director of the Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy.

The course will be presented over six weeks with a different focus each week. A set of lecture videos, mostly between 5 and 10 minutes in length, are provided each week, together with readings, activities, student forums, quizzes and a final exam. No prerequisites or prior knowledge is needed. Enrolment is rolling and new sessions will be starting regularly. Certificates can be purchased by those who successfully complete the course. 

The course is made possible through the generous support of Yara Pilbara Fertilisers. Yara has embraced a strategy of Creating Impact to improve food security and production while safeguarding the environment.   The company believes this course represents a great example of UWA partnering with the private sector to contribute towards global education targeting improved productivity in agriculture and food resources for an increasing population. 

To register, go to https://www.coursera.org/learn/agriculture-economics-nature/. If you have any questions about the course, email mooc-are@uwa.edu.au.

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