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Learn how to feed the world in a sustainable way

Programa XSeries en
Food Security and Sustainability

Lo que aprenderás

  • Understand that food security depends on food availability, food access, food utilization and stability
  • How we can produce enough food for everyone
  • How sustainable different food production systems are
  • How to assure access to sufficient, nutritious and safe food for everyone
  • About actors and activities to achieve food security at international, national, local, household, and individual level

Get involved: let’s find a way to feed 9 billion people in 2050

What are the biggest environmental issues we face? Pollution? Climate change? True. But among these environmental topics, feeding the growing population, 9 billion in 2050, is one of the most pressing issues we have to find a solution for.

To solve this problem, we need people to gain knowledge, do research, and explore the options. You can be a piece of the puzzle, help find a solution, and start now by gaining knowledge about food production systems, food security, sustainable development in agriculture and livestock, and systems thinking.

XSeries sustainable food security

How is it possible that the world currently produces enough food for everyone, but still people suffer from hunger and nutrient deficiencies? How can we produce sufficient food in an environmentally sustainable way to feed the increased world population in the future?

This Environmental Studies XSeries, developed by Wageningen University, consists of 3 courses:

The value of systems thinking

Learn about systems thinking and its application to improve the environmental sustainability of food production systems. The main topics are:

  • Complexity and diversity of food production systems
  • Principles of system analysis
  • Evaluation methods for the environmental impact of food production systems
  • Strong and weak points of different food production systems

Crop production

Learn the basics of crop production to feed the world and preserve our planet’s resources. The main topics are:

  • Basic concept of plant production
  • Issues related to global food production and consumption
  • Influences of water (scarcity and availability) and other measures on crop production
  • Processes that cause major problems for the environment
  • Measures to solve and prevent those problems

Food Access

Learn about the basics of food access decision-making from a multilevel perspective. The main topics are:

  • The basic principles of food access
  • Choices influencing food access
  • Dilemmas at household, local, national and international levels

About Wageningen University & Research

At Wageningen University and Research, we are dedicated to exploring the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Studies and courses train (future) professionals from all over the world in sustainable food systems and help consumers make informed choices about what they eat, how it is produced and the impact of their decisions on the environment and society.

Course structures and certificates

The duration of each course (or MOOC: Massive Open Online Course) is flexible: study any time and place you want. You decide how to spend your time during a course. Gain the knowledge offered in each course through dynamic modules filled with video, syllabus, and assignments for practice and grading. Obtain your verified certificate for $ 49,- each. After successful completion of all 3 courses, you can obtain an overall certificate.

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Scroll down to find more information about each separate course and join the Wageningen University XSeries about sustainable food security.

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5 meses
7 - 9 horas por semana
Precio con descuento: 537,30 US$
Precio original: 597 US$
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Cursos en este programa

  1. Programa XSeries en Food Security and Sustainability de WageningenX

  2. 6–8 horas por semana durante 6 semanas

    How to feed the world without depleting our planet’s reserves? Learn the basics of crop production. This online course is offered as a MOOC, and is part of the XSeries Sustainable Food Security.

  3. 8–10 horas por semana durante 6 semanas

    Learn how to solve the 'Rubik's cube' of systems thinking and how it's applied to improve the environmental sustainability of food production systems!

  4. 6–8 horas por semana durante 6 semanas

    Who decides what food is on your plate? Understand the basics of access to food and food decision-making from a multilevel perspective in this course. This online course is offered as a MOOC, and is part of the XSeries Sustainable Food Security.

  5. This is a series of 3 courses that can be taken in any order.

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de Wageningen University & Research (WageningenX)

Eddie Bokkers
Associate Professor, Animal Production Systems
Wageningen University & Research
Martin van Ittersum
Professor, Plant Production Systems
Wageningen University & Research
Ken Giller
Wageningen University
​Harrie Lovenstein
Centre for Sustainable Development and Food Security
Wageningen University
Gerrie van de Ven
Plant Production Systems Group
Wageningen University & Research
Marrit van den Berg
Associate Professor at the Development Economics group
Wageningen University & Research
Hilde Bras
Personal Professor of Global Comparative Demography
Wageningen University & Research
Jeroen Candel
Assistant Professor in the Public Administration and Policy Group
Wageningen University & Research
Jessica Duncan
Assistant Professor in the Rural Sociology Group
Wageningen University & Research
Ewout Frankema
Professor and Chair of Rural and Environmental History
Wageningen University & Research
Peter Oosterveer
Personal Professor
Wageningen University & Research
Maja Slingerland
Associate Professor
Wageningen University & Research
Sietze Vellema
Associate Professor at the Knowledge, Technology and Innovation group
Wageningen University & Research
I.J.M. de Boer
Lead, Animal Production Systems
Wageningen University & Research
Carolien Kroeze
Professor, Environmental Systems Analysis Group
Wageningen University & Research

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