Modules on Sustainable Agriculture (MOSA)

What is MOSA?

MOSA is a modular training developed by the Deutsche Gesellschaft fürInternationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).


MOSA enables trainees to take a holistic view on sustainable agriculture and its present and future challenges based on the social, economic and ecological dimensions in the context of climate change and food security.


MOSA target groups are practitioners and decision-makers working in planning, implementation and/or outreach of rural development, agriculture and natural resource management.

MOSA Training in Bangkok: 3-7 April 2017

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Contact for the MOSA training

Sector Project Sustainable Agriculture (NAREN)

Friederike Kraemer

T: +49619679-2438





” MOSA gave me a new perspective of evaluating the sustainability
of agriculture in my country. In the past I thought about sustainability
mainly from an economic point of view.
Now I know that long-term economic success only comes when acting in an environmentally and socially responsible manner.”

Sustainable agriculture is the key to feeding the growing world population, to provide a livelihood for rural populations and to protect and conserve natural resources at the same time. Sustainable agricultural practices are important to reverse the trend of dwindling natural resources.

MOSA has been developed on the basis of RISE, an analytical tool looking at sustainability at farm level from a holistic perspective along the three dimensions of economic, ecological and social sustainability.

The modular training MOSA includes theory-sessions and practical exercises and provides the participants with a platform for joint reflections and exchange of experiences. At least one field trip supports the participants to better link theory to practice.

During the training, participants receive all power point presentations and a MOSA Reader. A Training of Trainers (ToT) Manual is also available with different exercises, didactical remarks and video links. At the end of the six-day course participants will have an improved understanding of sustainable agriculture as a way to increase productivity, ensure social stability and improve economic returns without compromising the availability and quality of limited natural resources.

Furthermore, participants will have an understanding of the complexity of sustainable agriculture and of the need to address its multiple dimensions. The MOSA-training is offered in English, French and Spanish languages.

MOSA documents for download