Food systems e-course 2024

Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation in collaboration with the Netherlands Food Partnership and the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs invite you to participate in the e-course on Food Systems 2024, facilitated by Wageningen University & Research. The e-course is free of charge and designed for professionals working in food systems topics in low- and middle-income countries. It’s a unique chance to engage and exchange with more than 500 other 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.

Get a head start 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. The UN Food Systems Summits (New York, Rome) and the attention for food systems in COP28 show the importance and relevance of the concept for policy and practice. Many low and middle income countries have adopted national pathways for food system transformation. Many stakeholders apply food system thinking in their agrifood programmes.

Details of the course

The time investment is 16-20 hours. The duration of the e-course covers five weeks with four modules. Each module requires a time investment from you of 4-5 hours.

Network Café: Introduction to e-course, learning platform and fellow participants.
February 2. Admission, instructions.
Module 1: Why does a food systems approach matter?
February 5 - 9. Plenary session on Feb 07, 14:00-15:30h CET, GMT+1
Module 2: Making food systems analysis work
February 12 - 16. Plenary session on Feb 14, 14:00-15:30h CET, GMT+1
February 19 - 23. Week off / catch-up week
Module 3: The process of transforming food systems
February 26 - March 1. Plenary session on February 28, 14:00-15:30h CET, GMT+1
Module 4: Governance of food systems transformation
March 4 - 8. Plenary session on March 6, 14:00-15:30h CET, GMT+1

Every module has individual learning activities (3-4 hours) and a plenary session (1,5 hours). The individual 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. The plenary sessions have key-note speakers and facilitated discussions.

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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.

You can apply to be part of this inspiring course by registering before January 25, 2024.