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5 ECTS Prague Year 2 Semester 3 Compulsory Environmental sciences ICI004E


The course summarizes the present current state of knowledge on agroforestry. The course gives students view on different agroforestry practices in the tropics and temperate zone as well. During lectures and seminars classification of agroforestry systems, their influence on soil and water management, interaction of different components in agroforestry, socio-economic performance etc. is explained. Theoretical framework is completed with various case studies.


  1. Definition, concept and role of agroforestry
  2. Classification and distribution of agroforestry systems (AFS)
  3. Shifting cultivation and Improved fallow
  4. Multistrata systems
  5. Hedgerow intercropping and other agrosilvicultural systems
  6. Silvopastoral systems
  7. Windbreaks and Forest farming
  8. Agroforestry in Europe
  9. Agroforestry systems for soil and water management
  10. Tree-crop interaction – above and below ground
  11. AFS in ecological perspectives
  12. Guest speaker


  1. Video – Farming with Trees; basic terminology, student assignment
  2. Agroforestry on web
  3. Modelling in agroforestry – SCUAF;
  4. Individual presentation – Multipurpose trees
  5. Individual presentation – Multipurpose trees
  6. Group presentation – Agroforestry hypothesis
  7. Group presentation – Agroforestry hypothesis
  8. Video – agroforestry in Europe
  9. Research in agroforestry
  10. Presentation of MSc and PhD thesis in agroforestry
  11. Guest speaker
  12. Excursion

Learning outcomes

Students gain theoretical knowledge in the field of agroforestry, relating to traditional knowledge and the latest findings in the field. They know the technical terminology used in the field. They will understand the concept and characteristics of agroforestry systems, are familiar with the most widespread agroforestry practices both in the tropics and temperate zone. They understand the principles of mixing the agricultural crops, forest and fruit trees. They know the current status of research in the field of agroforestry. Graduates have a critical awareness of the problems in the field. The knowledge of graduates serves as the basis for original thinking and enables them to participate in research.

They can apply their knowledge in practice. Students are able to orientate themselves in the field of agroforestry and know its advantages and disadvantages. Are able to apply their knowledge in dealing with projects or research on agroforestry. They can use their knowledge in establishment, management, monitoring and evaluation of agroforestry systems.

Teaching and learning methods

The course consists of lectures and seminars. One excursion is also included. The lectures form the background for the seminars (the seminars are used to develop and to train the knowledge for the lecture and recommended literature). During the seminars the students are required to develop individual and group projects showing various dimensions of Agroforestry. The seminars are interactive and participatory because the students finally present their projects for their classmates. The classmates comment the presentation. Also the demonstration and case studies are used for the course and seminars to illustrate the issues addressed. All materials needed for study related to lectures and seminars are available via Learning management system Moodle which is also used by the student to communicate with the teacher when being involved in off-class activities related to the course.

Type of assessment

  • Individual and group
  • Written exam
  • To be eligible for the written exam the student must:

    • Participate in contact teaching (if the student misses more than 20% of classes without accountable reason s/he is not eligible for the exam till s/he does not comply with additional requirements announced by teachers (e.g. additional project).
    • Submit and present in time the individual (Multipurpose tree species) and group (Agroforestry hypothesis) project. The projects must meet the criteria announced by the teacher as for its quality, if not the project must be resubmitted. Both projects are evaluated by the teacher (max 10 and 40 points, respectively) as for the knowledge and competences demonstrated by the students through the project.
    • Participate in the excursions.

    Once the student is eligible for the exam, the exam consists of:

    • Written exam with narrative answers – open book. The students answer 5 questions in written form. All answers address the knowledge and competences, which the students should have after finishing the course in Agroforestry. The narrative answers are assessed against their completeness, clarity of answers and their relevance. Maximum 10 points is for each question.

    The points from written exam (max. 50) and projects (max. 50) are summarized and converted into grading used at CZU through ECTS grading procedure.


  • Location : Prague
  • ECTS granting : Czech University Of Life Sciences Prague
  • Organisation : Czech University Of Life Sciences Prague



Bohdan Lojka

Dr Bohdan Lojka

  • Senior lecturer (PhD)
  • Czech University Of Life Sciences Prague, Prague Czech Republic