Key facts

Course Dates
TBC
Type/Duration
3 days of campus workshops preceded by online learning
Entry Requirements
Graduate level or relevant experience
Credits
10
Cost
£1600.00
Fee info
Discounts available for multiple bookings
IFST Membership
Your course enrolment also entitles you to one year of free membership to the IFST (Institute of Food, Science and Technology).
CQFW Level
7
Course Provider
University Of Reading
Provider Reference Number
FZMR09
Course Arrangements
Full joining instructions will be confirmed by the course provider.
Course Location
University of Reading
Cohort
AFTP Cohort
Course Logistics
3 days of intensive campus workshops consisting of seminars, presentations, and practical sessions are preceded by a period of online study delivered through the University of Reading's Virtual Learning Environment. The course is awarded 10 academic credits where participants successfully complete the formative assessment requirements of the course within four weeks of completing the campus workshops. The course may also be taken as Continued Professional Development by completing the online learning and campus workshops or at a reduced fee, just the campus workshops.
Tutors

Professor Carol Wagstaff

Course overview

The Sustaining Quality in Raw Material Supply Chains course will introduce you to the sustainability issues that impact on the quality of fresh and processed arable and horticultural crops. You will explore the quality and sustainability issues for a number of major crop species, as well as the impact of different production systems (including organic, GM, conventional, fairtrade, and locally traded). In addition, you will investigate the effects of breeding to sustain quality and the management of water, fertiliser, and crop protection chemicals.

Upon completing the course you will have a wide-ranging and in-depth knowledge of the science and practical techniques for identifying and sustaining quality across the raw material supply chain. As a result, this course would have direct applicability to professionals working in, or tangentially to, these raw materials supply chain. 

    Learning outcomes

    On completion of the course participants should be able to:

    • Evaluate how sustainability plans imposed by their own business or those around them will impact on raw material quality.
    • Be able to recommend changes and improvements to the sustainability plan for their business.
    • Understand how and why raw material quality will vary throughout the year and to be able to make informed judgements of how they will adapt to this variation
    Topics

    Topics covered include:

    • Sustaining Crop Quality
    • Breeding and Production Methods
    • Managing Inputs
    • The Power of Breeding
    • Production Methods
    • Challenges of implementing sustainable practices
    • Mycotoxin Expertise
    Areas of focus

    This course is designed to provide an understanding of the role of diet in tackling key sustainability issues affecting the quality of fresh and processed arable and horticultural crops. Areas of particular focus include:

    • Defining and reviewing quality and sustainability for different crops
    • Different production systems (organic, GM, conventional, fairtrade, locally traded)
    • Sustaining biodiversity without compromising crop quality or yield
    • Managing inputs of water, fertiliser, crop protection chemicals
    • Breeding for sustained quality
    • Interpretation of crop quality assessment data and the implications for processing and risk management

    Problem-based learning supported by lectures (delivered via distance learning and face-to-face) together with presentations by invited speakers from different areas of the food industry and experts in the area of fresh and processed arable and horticultural crops.

       

      My AFTP training course has given me greater confidence day-to-day and more insight into the impact of new techniques and technologies.
      Andy Russell - Fresh Produce Technologist, Bakkavor

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