UFS Centre for Sustainable Agriculture Rural Development and Extension

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UFS Centre for Sustainable Agriculture Rural Development and Extension

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The demand for capacity and experts in the field of sustainable agriculture is continuously increasing. Through our academic programme offerings, we aim to develop agricultural specialists that can support sustainable agricultural practices, and in return support food security and socio-economic development. Our curricula are focused on developing professional knowledge and competences that will enable the graduates to provide leadership, strategic direction and support to local farmers and farming communities by promoting farming practices and methods that are profitable, environmentally sound and to the benefit of communities.

In addition our programme offerings address the global need for research, professional analytical and problem solving capacity, and provide solutions to sustainability in the field of agriculture. Sustainability in terms of food security, national resources and energy are key factors that inform the national and global development agenda.

The programme is designed to prepare graduates for careers in academic institutions, research and policy-making organisations, the agribusiness sector, government departments and non-governmental organisations.

Postgraduate Studies

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Agriculture (NQF 8)
  • A master’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture (NQF 9)
  • PhD in Sustainable Agriculture (NQF 10)

Please note that all postgraduate applications close on 30 September every year.
All applications must be completed online, no hard copies or emails will be accepted.

For more information, please contact us at msa@ufs.ac.za or +27 51 401 9147

Short learning programmes

Focussing on industry related topics and relevant agricultural focus areas

  • Sustainable Livestock and
  • Crop Production Practices
  • Rural Development
  • Natural Resource Assessment
  • Agricultural Entrepreneurship
  • Evaluation of Agricultural Extension and Advisory Services
  • The Role of Agricultural Extension in Supporting Value Chains (Practical)
  • Knowledge Management and Agricultural Extension
  • Agricultural Extension and Community Mobilisation
  • The Role of Agricultural Extension in Supporting Value Chains (Theory)
  • Facilitation for Development in Agricultural Extension
Programme Director (Academic Enquiries)

Dr Johan Van Niekerk
E: msa@ufs.ac.za
T: +27 51 401 2163

General Enquiries

Annanda Calitz
E: calitza@ufs.ac.za
T: +27 51 401 2163

Head of Department

Dr Johan Van Niekerk
E: vniekerkJA@ufs.ac.za
T: +27 51 401 3765