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Sustainable Food Security: Food Access

Wageningen University via edX

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Overview

Food access: Learn about food supply and food security

Have you ever considered that you’re not the only one who decides what food ends up on your plate? In this environmental studies course, you’ll explore how key actors at household, local, national and international levels negotiate and make choices on access to food. You will understand why the choices you make have been predestined. And you will learn what it takes to provide access to a safe and nutritious food supply every day.

In this course you will learn that food access:

  • And food manufacturing has changed during the past century
  • Depends on social and economic dynamics at the household level for everyone
  • Is shaped at a local level by the interactions between traders, retailers, producers and buyers in the markets
  • Is influenced on a national scale by politics and policies by negotiating and aligning goals, instruments, and modes of governance ¥ is impacted by debates and negotiations creating conditions in food trade by international organizations

Wageningen University is specialized

The University of Wageningen offers an excellent combination of conducting research worldwide and educating in the area of ‘healthy food and living environment’. The institute ranks among the top Dutch universities and has scored the third place in the Times Higher Education (THE) World Ranking 2017 for research performance. Learn from professors who have gained decades of experience from both teaching at a specialized university and real life projects about access to food worldwide.

This is why you should sign up

If you want to understand the basics of access to food and food decision-making from a multilevel perspective, you can sign up as a:

  • student
  • food and nutrition policy maker
  • development practitioner and trainer at international, national, household and individual level

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Syllabus

Week 1: Setting the scene
Introduction to food access as one of the pillars of global food security
 
Week 2: Households accessing and allocating food
Introduction to social and economic determinants shaping access to food between and within households
 
Week 3: Traders arranging food access in local markets
Introduction to distribution and trading food at the local level
 
Week 4: National policy makers governing food access
Introduction to food policy and how political choices at the national level affect access to food
 
Week 5: Negotiators setting international trade rules for food access
Introducing the role of international trade for food access and its economic, social and cultural implications
 
Week 6: connecting the ingredients
Integration of levels and actors

Taught by

Dr. ir. Marrit van den Berg, Prof. dr. Hilde Bras, Dr. Jeroen Candel, Dr. Jessica Duncan, Prof. dr. Ewout Frankema, Prof. dr. Peter Oosterveer, Dr. ir. Maja Slingerland and Dr. ir. Sietze Vellema

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