The world becomes increasingly urban. In 2050 two thirds of the world’s population lives in cities, particularly in Africa and Asia. Natural resource scarcity, climate change and population growth pose challenges. Developing sustainable and resilient food systems in urbanising areas, using an integral perspective and facilitating rural-urban integration, is essential to ensure urban food and nutrition security. Learn the latest concepts, international experiences, tools, methods and approaches for food system analysis and urban food policy and planning.
Based on the latest information regarding the COVID-19 outbreak, WCDI short courses taking place from September 2020 onwards can take place. If the government decides to extend the COVID-19 measures, we will look into other learning solutions.
What will you learn?
Upon completion of the course you will:
- Get well acquainted with the concept of city region food systems in relation to food and nutrition security in densely populated areas;
- Be able to use the concepts of city region food systems to analyse urban food and nutrition security issues;
- Be able to use different designs, methods and approaches, and their interrelationships, in planning for food and nutrition security in urbanizing societies.
For who is this course?
The course is open to international participants and MSc students of Wageningen University, preferably active in one of the following fields: rural/urban/spatial planning, agribusiness development, rural/urban livelihood governance, food and nutrition security and sustainable development. Several years of professional work experience and at least a BSc level are additional assets. Proficiency in English is a must.
Course programme in more detail
Providing food and nutrition security for the rapidly expanding populations in the world’s cities is a pressing challenge. The urban population heavily relies on a multitude of food systems for their daily food needs, varying from industrial agro-logistical networks to local engagement of consumers with producers. The projected population growth adds a layer of complexity to the current food systems. Strengthening the access to nutritious, affordable and acceptable food for
communities in the cities requires resilient agri-food systems. Therefore, a better understanding of urban, peri-urban and rural food systems from an integral perspective is vital for contributing to the resilience of these food systems against other pressing trends of our era, such as globalisation and climate change.
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Application for this course
On top of this page you can apply for the course 'Feeding cities: improving food systems in urban areas'. Depending on your nationality, your organisation and the type of course you wish to join, your eligibility and the application procedures may differ. Find out more about the requirements and the application process.