What is “Sustainability in Production Agriculture: An Executive Course” at NC State?
Agricultural sustainability is one of the key challenges for societies throughout the world. With the world population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, and with significant parts of that population improving their economic situation, the demand for basic grains and high quality animal protein and meat is expected to increase dramatically. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the number of people living in poverty and struggling to obtain even basic levels of nutrition is expected to reach one billion. To further compound the food production issue, current agricultural practices are not sustainable because of resource requirements and environmental impacts. Additional complexities arise because of politics, infrastructure limitations, and inadequate food distribution systems.
Faculty from the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Poole College of Management at NC State have developed a unique Executive Course that focuses on agricultural sustainability. This science-based, 2-day course is the first in the U.S. that integrates science, economics, and business management. It informs corporate executives on the current factors driving changes in resource availability, environmental regulation, and climate change that are impacting not only agriculture in North America but also agriculture globally. The course also discusses successful business models that are emerging as corporations explore appropriate paths for a sustainable future. The initial series of courses is being presented to managers and executives of major agricultural corporations. The purpose is to help prepare leaders in the private sector for the challenging times ahead.
These events are presented in partnership with College Of Agriculture And Life Sciences and Poole College Of Management at North Carolina State University. To contact the CALS Office of Sustainability Programs to discuss designing an executive short course for your organization, please contact:
Dr. Danesha Seth Carley
Coordinator for CALS Sustainability Programs.
201 Patterson Hall Campus Box 7643
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695