MOOC Food and Nutrition Security in Urbanizing Landscapes 

Our landscapes are urbanizing, which has a serious impact on food and nutrition. Learn to look beyond the sectoral and administrative boundaries of your work and see how the rural and the urban connect around food. Look at your landscape from a spatial and integrated food systems perspective to identify key counterparts with whom to collaborate and break the rural-urban divide. Join Wageningen University & Research and start creating food and nutrition security (“FNS”) in your landscape. Enrol now.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research
Duration 4 weeks, 3 - 4 hours per week

Why follow this course?

Food and nutrition insecurity in an urban world 

Our landscapes are changing. As towns and megacities expand, they increasingly place claim on limited natural resources, such as water and land. In turn, this competition for resources places rural areas under pressure, further aggravated by climate change and rural-urban migration. Yet, these areas are essential for producing food for a growing population. These changes in the landscape have a serious impact on food and nutrition.  

Overnutrition is on the rise in one part of the landscape, resulting in lifestyle related diseases, such as obesity, type II diabetes and heart disease. At the same time undernutrition persist in other areas, causing a.o. increased mortality and poor childhood development. While some consumers are stuck in food deserts, with limited to no access to fresh produce, producers may have difficulty finding profitable markets. City governments and urban planners can play a key role in addressing these issues by putting food on the urban agenda, yet many cities lack a food agenda. 

Strengthen rural-urban linkages in your landscape 

Although urban, peri-urban and rural parts of the landscape are inextricably linked, urban development and rural development often occur in isolation of one another. In this course, co-produced with the Global Landscapes Forum and the UN Environment Program, you will learn to look beyond the boundaries of your personal expertise and geographic location. Taking on an integrated spatial and food systems perspective opens up possibilities to bring about structural change.

You will become acquainted with a variety of tools to analyse food and nutrition issues and their relation to your rural-urban landscape, which can help you to:

  • Raise awareness on the importance of a systems approach to FNS in your landscape
  • Think of ways to strengthen or create structural collaboration between rural and urban stakeholders
  • Jointly work towards FNS

You will bring your learnings together in a compelling story to mobilise key stakeholders in your rural-urban landscape. You will also explore your role to contribute to breaking the rural-urban divide.

Is this course for you?

So, whether you are a researcher, an advisor working for an international NGO or multilateral agency (f.e. Food & Agriculture Organisation (FAO)), a nutrition officer or an urban planner, a member of a farmer’s association or a policy maker, join this course – created in collaboration between GLF, WUR and UNEP – and start addressing food and nutrition insecurity in your urbanising landscape.

What you will learn

  • Key concepts and issues around food and nutrition in urbanizing landscapes
  • The role of rural-urban dynamics and how they manifest in the landscape
  • A variety of tools for a basic analysis of a city region food system
  • Inspiration for advanced tools for city region food system analysis
  • Guiding principles for good landscape governance and the role of food policy within
  • The importance rural-urban collaboration to achieve food and nutrition secure landscapes
  • Identify entry points for sustainable change
  • How to mobilise key stakeholders towards a common vision
  • What your role as landscape professional can be to contribute to food and nutrition security in your urbanising landscape