A learner attending this course will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the importance of sustainability of farming activities. Furthermore, the learner will be able to incorporate this understanding into existing farming activities.

Unit 1:Identify the basic components of sustainable farming systems

  • The components of the environment (biophysical, political, social and economic) are identified and explained. 
  • The concept of sustainability within the agricultural context is explained. 
  • Interactions between the various components of the environment and the agricultural context are defined and explained. 
  • Hard (biophysical) and soft (human) systems and the way they interact are defined and explained. 


Unit 2 :Demonstrate an understanding of a system and the nature of a system

  • The component elements of a system and its inter-relationships is explained. 
  • Hard and soft systems are identified and the differences between the two types are distinguished. 
  • The dynamic nature of a system is explained. 


Unit 3:Demonstrate an understanding of the balance of sustainability, productivity and conservation of resources:

  • Resource limitations in the real world are explained. 
  • The advantages and costs of long-term holistic planning and practice are explained. 
  • The four perspectives in sustainable development (social, economic, political and biophysical) is explained. 
  • An overview of legal implications, of structures and agricultural activities is provided.


Unit 4:Define and describe a sustainable farming system.

  • A sustainable farming system is identified and described.
  • Indicators of sustainable farming systems are identified, explained and measured. 
  • Interactions between system components are explained. 
  • The need for indicators and strategies to ensure sustainable use of natural resources is explained. 


Unit 5:Monitor and re-evaluate the sustainability of a whole farming system.

  • Elementary monitoring systems for crop and animal production and natural resources are explained.
  • The system failing is described.
  • Component/s under stress are described.
  • Corrective measures are identified and explained.
  • The progression of seasonal processes and the importance of timely interventions to support productivity are explained. 
  • Basic managerial information is recorded

Duration: 1 Day

Delivery: Classroom/Online


Sustainable Farming Systems)

SAQA ID: 116222

NQF Level: 7

Credits: 7

Certificate Validity: 2 Years