E-course on Food Systems

Netherlands Food Partnership and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs invite you to participate in the E-course on Food Systems 2021, facilitated by Wageningen University & Research. The E-course is free of charge and designed for actors and stakeholders who are active in Food and Nutrition Security programmes in low and middle income countries. It’s a unique chance to engage and discuss with up to 500 professionals: policy makers from national governments, professionals working in development organisations, NGOs, private sector, and knowledge and education institutions from all over the world. If you are interested, you can register below.

Organised by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation

Mon 31 May 2021 until Fri 2 July 2021

Location Online
Price Free

Get a headstart in addressing food systems challenges

The food systems approach is increasingly being used to understand how food is produced and consumed, with an optimal outcome for human health, social justice, economic endeavour and the preservation of planetary resources. It has become central to policy and practice of many international development and research organisations, multilateral organisations, in programs and policies aiming at improving Food and Nutrition Security, and in the upcoming Food Systems Summit of the UN in September 2021. 

Details of the course

The duration of the e-course covers five weeks with four modules. Each module requires a time investment from you of 4-5 hours. You will receive a WUR-certificate after completing all elements of the course.
Module 1: Why does a food systems approach matter?
May 31 - June 4. Plenary session on June 2, 14-15h CEST, GMT+2 

Module 2: Making food systems analysis work
June 7 - 11. Plenary session on June 9, 14-15h CEST, GMT+2

June 14 -18 Week off / catch-up week

Module 3: The process of transforming food systems
June 21 - 25. Plenary session on June 23, 14-15h CEST, GMT+2

Module 4: Governance of food systems transformation
June 28 - July 2. Plenary session on June 30 14-15h CEST, GMT+2

Every module has a plenary session with key-note speakers and facilitated discussions, individual learning activities (4 hours) and the option for group work (+1 hour). The learning activities include watching short videos, reading an article, reflecting on blog posts, completing short quizzes, applying food systems thinking to your own work and online discussions with participants and facilitators. There is also an opportunity for group work, note this is optional and will require an additional hour of your time per week.

After completing the course you will be able to:

  • Understand and work with the concept of food systems based on current academic insights;
  • Understand how food systems feature in the current international policy debates;
  • Commission food systems analysis in order to inform policies or interventions in the domain of food, agriculture and development;
  • Work with the food system framework and make your programmes more relevant and effective to realise food system outcomes.

After you have registered you will receive a message about your admission. Because the number of participants is limited to 500 we will have to make a selection in case we receive more applications.