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Fundamentals of Sustainable Food Production Systems


About This Course

Academic Unit: University of Sarajevo, Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences / Department of Food Technology
Course Title: Fundamentals of Sustainable Food Production Systems
Study Level: Master (II cycle)
Course Type: Compulsory
Semester: I
Course Duration (weeks): 15
Weekly Teaching Hours: 3
Credits/ECTS: 5
Lecturer: Sabahudin Bajramović, PhD, Full professor
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The aim of the course is to provide students with knowledge and skills in the field of sustainable food production systems. The course is focused on a deeper understanding of the new paradigm in the field of food production in which the focus is on the efficient and rational use of resources in all its stages, from primary agricultural production, processing, distribution, consumption to waste management. The aim of the courses is to understand existing food production systems and the challenges they face (sustainable production and consumption) and prospects of possible improvements that will increase sustainability. Food production systems will be studied on the basis of environmental, economic and social sustainability at different levels (local, national, global) with particular focus on the sustainable use of resources. The course is designed to be basically an introduction to other more specialized courses that are an integral part of this MSc program, which gives basic concept in sustainability, circular economy, looks at the importance of food from different aspects, looks at global food trends etc. The overall aim of the course is to train students for a new approach in the field of food production, while ensuring their understanding and critical analysis (to find, to understand, to apply) which should be one of the output competencies of graduates of the study program.


  • Understand the goals, concepts and key elements of a new sustainable approach in food production systems;
  • Distinguish the concept of circular versus linear economy related to food production;
  • Elaborate the trends and challenges facing the world's; future food production
  • Understand the assumptions for sustainable food production using examples from all its stages, from primary production, processing, distribution to waste management in different scales