Intégration agriculture et élevage au Sénégal

Engineering MSc - Semesters 9 & 10 - Master of Science 2

Sustainable agricultural & food systems for the south engineering Master Degree

Option Resources, agricultural systems and development (RESAD)

Update : 09/29/2020

Agronomy, zootechnics, natural sciences and economics at the service of sustainable agricultural development

What type of training ?
une formation diplômante, sous statut étudiant

For who ?
étudiant titulaire d'un diplôme français, étudiant international

Where ?
Institut des régions chaudes (IRC)


The specialization aims to train agricultural development managers to integrate the various dimensions of sustainable development in the complex and changing framework of agriculture in Mediterranean, tropical and subtropical countries.

By the end of the course, students are able to:

  • Understand agricultural dynamics and diverse development issues in a systemic manner
  • Formulate appropriate responses for farmers to improve their agricultural production and resource management practices
  • Support identified change processes, individual or collective
  • Develop, manage and implement development actions in multidisciplinary teams.

The fields of expertise developed through the course relate specifically to the technical systems of agricultural production, grasped at the levels of the farm and of the territory, considering their interactions with their ecological, economic and social environment.

The subjects of analysis and action are farmers' practices, which must be understood and located, characterized and evaluated, before proposing changes within the framework of relevant intervention mechanisms.


  • agronomy, agroecology
  • agriculture and rural development, farms and farm organizations
  • Mediterranean and tropical countries
  • natural resources, environment, territories
  • Understanding farmers' practices: field module in Madagascar

    Understanding farmers' practices: field module in Madagascar

  • Understanding farmers' practices: field module in Madagascar

    Understanding farmers' practices: field module in Madagascar

  • Agriculture and water management in an oasis in Morocco

    Agriculture and water management in an oasis in Morocco

  • Rice growing in Madagascar

    Rice growing in Madagascar

  • Programme

    Number of ECTS credits : 60

    Language of instruction : In French

    The Resources, agricultural systems and development specialization is organized around five teaching units.

    • Since any local agriculture depends on globalized markets and is influenced by global challenges, the course first provides students with solid knowledge of the diversity of global agricultural systems, as well as the ability to decipher economic policies and international markets (UE1) influencing them.
    • Agricultural practices are also linked to the functioning and characteristics of the biophysical environments in which they are located, as well as to the resources on which they rely (UE2).
    • In addition, it is in this regional area that one locates and deepens the analysis of crop and / or herd management practices implemented by farmers, which are directly linked to the management of their farms (UE3).
    • In the process, insights are provided on the functioning of farming communities and the governance of natural resources. Moving from the diagnosis to the assessment of economic and agro-ecological practices in terms of environmental impacts, future agronomists are required to elaborate alternatives while assessing their feasibility. Knowledge, tools and methods are therefore taught in order to develop and carry out intervention actions at individual farm and collective levels (UE4).
    • Finally, as part of the final field module (UE5), preferably carried out abroad, and closely supervised by the teaching team, students respond to the request of a professional (company, NGO, research centre...), using the appropriate methods and tools, to produce oral and written results.


    The individual internship at the end of the programme (30 ECTS) enables students to be placed in a professional situation and respond to a request from a research and/or agricultural and rural development organization in the South or North. Students must implement an original scientific approach, resulting in the production of knowledge, and involving the collection of primary data in the field. It gives rise to a dissertation, a summary document of high professional and scientific quality, defended before a jury. This compulsory internship lasts 5 to 6 months, including 4 months of field work.

  • Admission

    The programme is open to students who have validated their first year of a master’s programme in a French agro/agri/agribusiness engineering school or the agricultural engineer programme at Montpellier SupAgro. Eligible candidates are:

    • students who have validated the 2nd year of a national school of agronomy in France or equivalent under inter-institutional agreements
    • engineering students who have validated the 2nd year of an ENITA engineering training programme
    • engineering students who have validated the 4th year of a FESIA engineering training programme

    To be able to pursue the Resources, agricultural systems and development option, it is strongly recommended:

    • For engineering school students: to have followed a 2nd year course whose contents are strongly oriented towards agronomy and farms.
    • For Montpellier SupAgro students (engineering courses): to have taken the major, "Towards sustainable agriculture".


  • Careers

    The Resources, Agricultural Systems and Development (RESAD) training prepares engineering and master’s graduates for a wide range of positions in sustainable agricultural development, both in the North and in the South, in the following institutions:

    • Development support agencies: territorial, national, multilateral Institutions, extension services, NGOs, donors, foundations...
    • Producer organizations, associative and union structures, Chambers of Agriculture, technical institutes
    • Higher agricultural training institutions, research centres
    • Private sector: consulting firms and companies that are supplied by a variety of producers.

    Possibility of continuing with a PhD thesis.

Director of studies


Institut des régions chaudes (IRC)
Campus de Lavalette
1101, avenue Agropolis


Key features

  • Articulation of different scales of analysis - from global to local - and perspective of different disciplines.
  • Alternating courses and work experience (group internships)
  • Confrontation of scientific and practical questions of agricultural development: surveys, field observations, group work skills...
  • Important research partnership
  • A dense network of agricultural development professionals in France and in the South
  • Career guidance


€1,765* or €4,290 (see conditions, in French) + €92 Contribution Vie Etudiante et de Campus (CVEC) administrative fee

* Applied in particular for the relevant States of the priority solidarity zone: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Gambia, Guinea, Haiti, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal, Togo

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