massive open online course

Towards resilient food systems
The future of food in our planetary boundaries

29 Mar–14 Apr 2022
massive open online course

Towards resilient food systems
The future of food in our planetary boundaries

29 Mar–14 Apr 2022
what is it about
The demand for healthy, sustainably produced food is greater today than ever before. With the global population heading towards 10 billion people by 2050, this demand will inevitably continue to grow. At present, according to the FAO, more than 820 million people are hungry, and 1.2 billion people suffer from chronic undernutrition. At the same time, 2 billion people are overweight. How do we tackle such problems?

In this course, participants will be able to extend their knowledge and have a closer look into the future food systems. The series of lectures will allow diving into the innovative world in food consumption and production, the farms of the future, climate challenges, ecosystems, and information systems.
This course is an academic collaboration of
Nuffic Neso Russia and Wageningen University & Research within the Dutch Science Talks project
Tilda Publishing

Why is it important?

Food is not a standalone subject, it's part of a food system that is affected by climate change, biodiversity loss, and other global challenges. So how can we tackle these challenges? Learn more about the WUR approach to them in this video.
Learn more about the transition to a circular agrofood system in the video that is based on an agricultural policy that was focused on intensification and efficiency in food production to a circular agrofood system.

How do we tackle these problems?

There is no single solution when it comes to tackling food problems. If you solve one problem – by increasing food production, for example – you risk creating another, such as pollution or loss of biodiversity. Looking for solutions following the Food system approach requires us to consider all of the different elements that make up the system and influence each other. These include agricultural production, biodiversity, water availability, and the risks associated with climate change.

People are an important part of the system. Farmers, consumers, middlemen, policymakers, technology developers, dieticians and activists all have a part to play. By developing new knowledge and technologies, focusing on various aspects of the food system we can contribute to the transition to sustainable and resilient food systems.

In this course, we offer a closer look into the future food systems. The series of lectures will allow diving into the innovative world in food consumption and production, the farms of the future, climate challenges, ecosystems, and information systems.

Course schedule

Please note that the time and date indicated are in Moscow time zone (UTC+3)
The course will be moderated by prof. dr. Vanya Simeonova,
Wageningen University, who is an experienced specialist
in food and environmental sciences

Course contents

1. Global Transition and Societal Transformations
The anticipated transition of the modern society to sustainable practices and governance for food production & consumption and natural resources use.
2. Farms of the Future
How agricultural practices will be transformed towards sustainable farming systems, versus traditional agri-production alone, modernisation and sustainability
3. Resilient Agriculture and Climate Change
The role of climate change in agriculture, forestry and rural development, examples - Russia
4. Food Waste and Food Loss Advances
How to manage food systems and food chains to reduce food loss and waste. Role of stakeholders and businesses
5. Ecosystem Services and Ecological Strategies
Ecosystem services as an implementation concept in Europe for integrated approach in conservation and landscape connectivity of rural and urban areas.
6. Digitalisation & Robotics
Optimising information systems in the agri-food sector, data management and/or technologies for measuring and controlling engineering innovations (e.g. wireless sensors and bio-monitoring, robotics).

F.A.Q.

Who are we?
The course is offered by Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands, and Nuffic Neso Russia, a branch office of the organisation for internationalisation in education in the Netherlands. This massive open online course (MOOC) is a part of the Dutch Science Talks project, which is a series of lectures on different topics initiated by us in close collaboration with the Dutch Embassy in Russia. The main goal of this project is to introduce the Russian audience to the latest Dutch research trends and discoveries in peace and justice, circular economy, designing the future, and agriculture and food. For more information, please visit the About the project page.
Who will teach me?
Renowned Dutch and Russian professors, researchers and experts are looking forward to starting the discussion with you! Take a look at our list of experts!
How intensive is this course?
The course consists of 6 lectures divided over 3 weeks (2 lectures per week). The lectures take place on Tuesday and Thursday at 19:00 Moscow time (UTC+3) and will be held online. Each lecture lasts for approximately 1.5 hours. Each lecture will consist of 2 presentations by Dutch and Russian experts followed by a discussion.
How do I know this course is of high quality?
The course is taught by leading Dutch and Russian institutions and specialists working in food production & security and agriculture. The lecturers have worked in these industries for years and have lots of projects to talk about. The Dutch have always been famous for their innovative spirit and proactive approach towards agriculture.
Why is this course free?
The course is set up for students to benefit from the best Dutch and Russian professionals have to offer in the fields of food security and agriculture. We want to trigger you to develop these areas wherever you can. It is our wish to enhance collaboration between the Netherlands and Russia. We do not ask for money – we ask simply to join us.
Will lectures be recorded?
Yes, the lectures will be recorded. We will be sending the link to the registrants once a week. Please note that the translation is only available if you participate live and won't be recorded. The recordings contain original sound and languages only.

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