By 2050 the world population is estimated to have grown to around 9.7 billion people . The global challenge is not only how to feed the growing population, but also how to provide a nutritious diet for healthy living that can be sustained for generations. Present food systems do not ensure nutritious diets, reflected in the high levels of malnutrition (both under- and over) in the world. Food systems need to be transformed to sustainably address the societal challenges and move from just supplying sufficient food to providing sufficient high quality diets for all.
What will you learn?
Upon completion of the course you will:
- Understand the concepts of food systems, food and nutrition security, healthy diets, and sustainability at personal, national, regional and global level;
- Be able to describe the main components, drivers, outcomes and typologies of food systems in low and middle income countries
- Know public and private stakeholders at different levels in the food system;
- Be able to explain the interactions between different components and stakeholders within the food system.
- Be able to identify dietary gaps and their trends for different population groups;
- Be able to discuss the possible impact of a food system innovation on healthier diets and sustainability outcomes;
- Be able to appraise the evidence base needed for policy and decision making to decide on food system innovations;
- Be able to debate equity considerations in food systems.
For who is this course?
Applicants should have at least a BSc, but preferable MSC or its equivalent in the field of food and nutrition, food science, home economics, agriculture, medicine or a related field of study. Participants should have at least three years of professional experience in governmental (research, university, policy & planning and/or management) or local non-governmental organisation related to the theme of the course. MSc and PhD students and post-docs of Wageningen University (see https://ssc.wur.nl/handbook/course/HNH-36406). English Proficiency in reading and speaking is required
Course programme in more detail
By 2050 the world population is estimated to have grown to around 9.7 billion people . The global challenge is not only how to feed the growing population, but also how to provide a nutritious diet for active and healthy living that can be sustained for generations. Achieving this goal requires a Great Food Transformation and thus transforming the global food system. This course explores transforming food systems from a dietary perspective and discuss which components are related to the diet gaps for different populations groups at national, regional and global level. It discusses possible actions to be taken to transform the food system to sustainably address the societal challenges and move from just supplying sufficient food to providing sufficient high quality diets for all.
Application for this course
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