Background

The global food system today is beset by serious challenges and risks. Food demand is on rise due to population growth and changing consumption patterns; production and prices have become more volatile; hunger and poverty levels remain high and unsustainable practices exacerbate environmental challenges. The fundamental needs to boost productivity, especially of small to medium holders, increase access to markets, reduce risks, boost rural employment, and provide environmental services come in a context where managing the agriculture, livestock and aquaculture practices is challenged by accelerating climate change, population growth, urbanization, environmental degradation, increased market risk, tightening resource constraints, a growing need for engagement of the private sector in delivering public goods, too-slow progress on raising rural incomes, and too-slow progress on improving nutrition. World food production needs to be multifold in coming decades, with far less resources (land, water, farmers, energy) available than today. Sustainable agricultural production in developing countries is facing ever increasing challenges from high use rate of synthetic fertilizers, over reliance on pesticides, very low adoption of biological pest control, low use rate of animal and green manure, and low level of farm diversification. Similarly, food safety is receiving heightened attention worldwide as the important links between food and health are increasingly recognized. Improving food safety is an essential element of improving food security, which exist when populations have access to sufficient and healthy food. At the same time, as food trade expands throughout the world, food safety has become a shared concern among both developed and developing countries.

Mission

The mission of Department of Food, Agriculture and Bioresources (FAB) is to produce newer generation for striving the solutions to sustainably feeding a hungry and growing world. The department provides the foundation for broad array of research activities, both basic and applied to tackle those challenges and make the newer generations to handle potentially, amidst other efforts by “sustainable and safer food production and supply systems” in the developing countries through natural and balanced ecological approaches and particularly addressing the following issues;

  • Meeting the food and nutritional needs of growing urban and rural populations, with changing dietary preferences;
  • Increasing sustainable production and productivity through balancing the ecosystems;
  • Enhancing resilience to climate change;
  • Finding sustainable solutions to the increasing competition for natural resources;
  • Chemical residues free food and food safety;
  • Developing new technologies and processes for bioeconomy

 

Academic Programs

Multidisciplinarity is at very core of Department’s teaching, research and outreach activities. Our academic activities focus on problem-solving and creating work-ready graduates who are able to take real-life challenges once graduated. The students come from multiple disciplines- engineering, technical science, bioscience, social sciences and management. The academic programs are:

  • Agriculture Systems and Engineering (ASE), focusing on the utilization and management of biological and agricultural systems and natural resources with specialization in Agriculture Systems and Agriculture Engineering;
  • Aquaculture and Aquatic Resources Management (AARM), focusing on intensive aquaculture systems for sustainable production with enhanced benefits with specialization in Aquatic Resources Ecosystem Management, Sustainable Aquaculture Production, Integrated Coastal Management and Aqua Business Management;
  • Food Engineering and Bioprocess Technology (FEBT), focusing on understanding of food and biological materials, their processing, conversion and utilizations in sustainable, safer and healthy products, with specialization in Food Process Engineering and Bioprocess Technology;
  • Agribusiness Management (ABM), focusing on sustainable processes to enhance the performances in small, medium and large scale enterprises in the globally competitive agricultural based industries.

Degrees offered in each Academic Program

  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) or Master of Engineering (M. Engg.) (2 years program)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (P.hD.) Doctor of Technical Science (D.Tech.Sci) or Doctor of Engineering (D. Engg). (Minimum 3 years program)
  • Master leading to Doctoral Program (Minimum 5 years program)
  • Master in Agribusiness Management (2 years program)
  • Professional Master in Aqua Business Management (1 year program)
  • Diploma degree (1 year program)
  • Certificate degree (5 months program)

The Department also offers:

  • Double Degree M. Sc., or M. Engg with Partner Universities (2-years program)
  • Integrated 5-year Bachelor-Master Degree with partner Universities (Masters’ in AIT)

Credit requirement for degree completion

For master program: (48 credits) with minimum 2.75 CGPA and successful completion of Thesis or Research Study

For doctoral program: (84 credits) with 18 credit coursework with minimum 3.5 CGPA and successful completion of dissertation and minimum one publication in peer-reviewed international journal approved by Doctoral Program Review Committee (DPRC)

Where our graduate find job?

Our graduates are serving in key leadership positions regionally and globally in Governments, industries and businesses, United Nations Organizations, Multilateral banks, renounced consulting firms, civil society and NGOs. We prepare work-ready graduates familiar with problems and equipped with knowledge and tools to find solutions.

Research programs

The Department has very active research program that are done through student research as well as sponsored projects and individually by faculty members. The academic programs of the Department have a long history of research-excellence for decades. Current research program of the Department has several streams. The key streams are mentioned below:

  • Sustainable and safer food production such as environmentally sensitive approach including biopesticides, biofertilizer, organic farming, low external input sustainable agriculture (LEISA), integrated pest management (IPM) etc.
  • Climate-smart agriculture / Controlled-environment agriculture and Precision Farming
  • Sustainable agricultural mechanization
  • Blue growth and exploration of marine for farming of fish, shellfish and marine plants
  • Environment friendly aquaculture production systems for energy, nutrient and water conservation
  • Innovative postharvest management technologies for food supply/value chain to reduce the food loss and food waste
  • Innovative Technologies (Alternative-Emerging Food Processing Technologies, Bio-/edible packaging, Biotechnology, Nutrigenomics, Nanotechnology, etc.)
  • Sustainability assessment, social issues and policy intervention on food production systems in Asia and Africa.
  • Techno-Economic-Agri-environmental systems analysis
  • Economics of industrial crops in contexts of food and/or bioenergy production
  • Agribusiness development and sustainable food supply chain systems.

 

Aqua Centre (Centre for Aquaculture Development)

The Aqua Centre at the Department of Food, Agriculture and Bioresources has been established to bring several scattered projects and activities associated with Aquaculture under a strong management system and to make AIT a strong base to coordinate development activities and extension services to promote appropriate technologies required for rural community development as well as growth of the commercial sector worldwide in the field of aquaculture. This Centre provides services to facilitate aquaculture innovations and technology development to increase productivity and profitability.

Department faculty members

Contact Us

Head

Department of Food, Agriculture and Bioresources

E-mail: FAB-HOD@ait.asia