XSeries: Food Security and Sustainability

How can we produce sufficient food in an environmentally sustainable way to feed the increased world population in the future? Gain knowledge with the online open course Food Security and Sustainability.

Feeding the growing population, 9 billion in 2050, is one of the most pressing issues we have to find a solution for. To solve this problem, we need people to gain knowledge, do research, and explore the options. You can be a piece of the puzzle, help find a solution, and start now by gaining knowledge about food production systems, food security, sustainable development in agriculture and livestock, and systems thinking.

This XSeries, Food Security and Sustainability, is created by world-renowned experts and will provide you with a deep understanding of exciting and in-demand fields. By completing this Xseries you will earn a certificate of achievement to demonstrate your knowledge.

What you will learn in this XSeries

  • Understand that food security depends on food availability, food access, food utilization and stability
  • How we can produce enough food for everyone
  • How sustainable different food production systems are
  • How to assure access to sufficient, nutritious and safe food for everyone
  • About actors and activities to achieve food security at international, national, local, household, and individual level

Content of the XSeries 'Sustainable Food Security'

This XSeries Food Security and Sustainability consists of three MOOCs who can be taken in any desired order. Your time investment will be about 7-9 hours per week, per course and the average length is 6 weeks per MOOC. Of cours, you can study in your own time, at your own pace, so you can adjust the duration.

MOOC | Crop Production

In this MOOC you will learn the basics of crop production to feed the world and preserve our planet’s resources. The main topics are:

  • Basic concept of plant production
  • Issues related to global food production and consumption
  • Influences of water (scarcity and availability) and other measures on crop production
  • Processes that cause major problems for the environment
  • Measures to solve and prevent those problems

MOOC | The value of systems thinking

Learn about systems thinking and its application to improve the environmental sustainability of food production systems. Main focus:

  • Complexity and diversity of food production systems
  • Principles of system analysis
  • Evaluation methods for the environmental impact of food production systems
  • Strong and weak points of different food production systems

MOOC | Food Access

Learn the basics of food access decision-making. In other words, who decides what ends up on your plate. Spoiler alert: it’s not just you!

  • The basic principles of food access
  • Choices influencing food access
  • Dilemmas at household, local, national and international levels

How to enrol

Interested? Read more about this XSeries on EdX and enrol.

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