MOOC: Growing our future food: crops CSD&FS happily announces edX MOOC (Massive Online Open Cources) on how to feed mankind in future decades without exhausting planetary reserves. During the first edition early this year nearly 10,000 students from over 165 countries have taken this course. Join them for the rerun this summer and enroll now for free to understand the basics of crop production and to explore its opportunities. Follow the latest development on facebook or twitter.

Re-run of this 6-week course starts June 15th 2015


Open exchange on gender: Where are we coming from and where do we stand now?     Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation and CSD&FS have organized a session with Mrs. M. Swaminathan, prominent researcher and practitioner on education and gender (see programme). 

For background information on the activities of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation – Centre for Research on Sustainable Agriculture and Rural development:

Venue: Tuesday 6 May 9.30-11.30 in Radix Building (registration before April 29th via Ljiljana Rodic)

Prof Swaminathan

Lecture: 65 years of scientific research for food and nutrition security in a warming planet    CSD&FS proudly supports this exciting lecture by Prof M.S. Swaminathan (88), Indian geneticist and international administrator, and also known as the "Father of the Green Revolution in India".  

Prof. Swaminathan is the founder and chairman of the MS Swaminathan Research Foundation. His stated vision is to rid the world of hunger and poverty. Swaminathan is an advocate of moving India to sustainable development, especially using environmentally sustainable agriculture, sustainable food security and the preservation of biodiversity, which he calls an "evergreen revolution". He did his Postdoc on potato genetics at Wageningen in early 1950’s. From 1972 to 1979 he was director general of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research. He was minister of Agriculture from 1979 to 1980. He served as director general of the International Rice Research Institute (1982–88) and became president of the IUCN in 1988. In 1999, Time magazine placed him in the 'Time 20' list of most influential Asian people of the 20th century.

Venue: May 7th 13:30-16:00, Auditorium WageningenUR (registration required)

Poster Agriculture by Design

Workshop Agriculture by Design    “This is not what we intended” is an often-expressed notion in society when evaluating the impacts of our food and farming systems on the environment. We certainly did not intend to deplete soil, destroy soil ecosystems, increase erosion, or pollute water with our agricultural practices. But what was it that we did intend? Our intention was to increase productivity, protect crops from pests, provide nutrients to increase yield – produce more food for the world’s population. So what can we do differently to avoid the unintended detrimental effects while still achieving the  main goal – feeding the mankind with healthy, nutritious and enjoyable food? How can we shape our food production, processing and distribution systems to produce positive outcomes for both society and ecosystems, like healthy food, green spaces, clean water, and viable rural communities, instead of having to deal with negative impacts?

Venue: 24 January 2014, Room C3020, Orion building, Wageningen University Campus, Download the programme

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Greenstorming – Seminar about Education for Sustainability 10 October 2013, Orion building, Wageningen UR campus. Organised by Green Office Wageningen, supported by the Centre for Sustainable Development and Food Security (CSD&FS). This seminar aims at starting a discussion about education for sustainable future at Wageningen University. What competencies and knowledge students need as future professionals in order to be able to deal with challenges posed by complex problems and uncertainties? What kind of education is needed for students to develop these competencies and knowledge? What can everybody do to make the University move towards education 2.0?

photo by Timo Eckhardt

Public lecture by Tristam Stuart

1 October 2013, 12.15-13.15 hrs, Orion building, Wageningen University & Research campus. Lecture by the author of the bestselling book "Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal" and the founder of "Feeding the 5000". For more information:


Turning Food for Bins into Food for Kings

29 September 2013, 12.30-16.00 hrs, Wageningen University & Research campus. Did you know that more than one third of the global food supply is wasted between the farm and the mouth? Imagine, if this food was eaten, nobody would be hungry in the world! After New York, Paris and London, it is now time for the agrifood-city of Wageningen to take action on this pressing issue!

On 29 September Wageningen University Campus is hosting an event on food waste in front of the Orion building. There will be a warm, free lunch for 500 people, made from food that would normally be wasted! Mind you, a carrot that would not win a beauty contest is still nutritious and delicious to eat.

At the event, you will also get tips on how to avoid food waste. Also, we would like to hear your ideas on how food can be stored to keep its freshness longer, either with or without a fridge – send an email to before 29 September. We will bundle all the tips and methods and make them available to everyone. For more information contact Ljiljana Rodic:

Download the Turning Food for Bins into Food for Kings presentation (3.5 Mb)

Conference announcement

First International Conference on Global Food Security

29 September - 2 October 2013, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. This conference aims to deliver state-of-the-art analysis, inspiring visions and innovative research methods arising from interdisciplinary research, including economic, social, biophysical, technological and institutional aspects of current and future global food security.

photo by Ljiljana Rodic

Hunger defeated? Long-term dynamics of global food security

27 September - 3 October 2013, Noordwijkerhout, The Netherlands. The post-graduate course is integrated with the First International Conference on Global Food Security (Noordwijkerhout, 29 September - 2 October 2013). It starts three days before the conference and ends with a final synthesis day on the 3rd of October. Participants of the course also participate in the conference. They meet for discussions during the conference and prepare a presentation for the conference closing session.