Continued agricultural intensification to meet the demands for more affordable, safe food is unsustainable.
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The balance between inputs needed (energy, nutrients, soil and water resources) and outputs (yield, crop quality, diffuse pollution) exposes an unsustainable system, often disenfranchised from the capability of the land, resulting in soil degradation. 

The aim of 'Sustainable Soil Management' is to maintain or restore ‘healthy’ soils that are capable of delivering multiple ecosystem goods and services (including food protection and environmental protection), which are directly linked to individuals’ and national socio-economic wellbeing and food security.

At a glance

  • Duration2 days + distance learning
  • LocationCranfield Campus

What you will learn

Appraise (i.e. assess the worth, value, or quality of) the external drivers and policies affecting sustainable soil. management (e.g. food security, land use competition, EU Soil and Water Directives, cross compliance, CAP reform, market forces, climate change). 

Rate and rank the key soil management issues faced by different stakeholders (farmers, growers, suppliers, researchers, advisors, retailers, consumers and regulators). 

Examine how soil degradation processes threaten sustainable soil functioning and the delivery of ecosystem goods and services (food production, carbon sequestration, maintenance of biodiversity and landscape protection). 

Evaluate the technical, economic, social and environmental effectiveness of soil management options for a range of agricultural production systems (horticulture, arable and grassland). 

Propose a series of effective, practical and economically viable soil management options that enhance the functionality and long-term sustainability of soil resources. 

Assess the practicality of adopting particular soil management options. 

Formulate better integrated, more comprehensive, practical, coherent soil management guidance for a variety of end-users.

Who should attend

Degree in a related subject. Relevant workplace experience may, in some circumstances, be accepted as qualification for entry to this course. Enquire directly to see if you qualify.


This course is provided via the Agrifood Training Partnership (AFTP) - and you should apply via the following link.

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Accommodation options and prices

Accommodation is available at Mitchell Hall which is located on campus. All rooms are en-suite and bookings are on a half-board basis. If you would like to book accommodation for this short course at Mitchell Hall, please indicate this on the registration form and we will arrange this for you.

Alternatively, you may wish to make your own arrangements at a nearby hotel.

Location and travel

Cranfield University is situated in Bedfordshire close to the border with Buckinghamshire. The University is located almost midway between the towns of Bedford and Milton Keynes and is conveniently situated between junctions 13 and 14 of the M1.

London Luton, Stansted and Heathrow airports are 30, 90 and 90 minutes respectively by car, offering superb connections to and from just about anywhere in the world. 

Further location and travel details

Location address

Cranfield University
College Road
MK43 0AL

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