Food Systems for Healthier and Sustainable Diets

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By 2050 it is estimated that the world population 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 all forms of malnutrition in the world. Food systems need to be transformed to sustainably address the societal and health challenges such as COVID-19 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, healthy diets and sustainability and their interconnection;
  • Be able to apply food system innovations in designing strategies, and interventions for healthier and sustainable diets;
  • Be able to evaluate food systems innovations for healthier and sustainable diets for policy and decision making;
  • Be able to implement reflective learning at personal and group level.

Course programme in more detail

The global challenge at the moment is not only how to feed the growing population, but also how to provide a nutritious diet for active and healthy living in a society under lock down to prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus. This nutritious diet should not only respond to the current and future health challenges but should also be sustained for generations. Achieving this goal requires a radical transformation of 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 and health challenges and move from just supplying sufficient food to providing sufficient high quality diets for all.

Fee information

EUR 4,600.00 - This covers the tuition of the course. Since this course is online, there are no costs for accommodation, insurance or travel.

Deadline on June 22nd 2021 (early bird the 15th of June 2021) for Orange Knowledge Programme scholarships.

How to register

For who is this course?

Applicants should have preferable a MSc degree 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 course theme. Proficiency in reading and speaking English is required.

To register, please fill in this form.

The Application Procedure

  1. Register for the course of your interest by clicking the ‘apply’ button on the webpage of this course. A registration form will open;
  2. Fill in the required fields of the registration form. Please note to write your date of birth without a zero (e.g. 1-5-1980 instead of 01-05-1980);
  3. Before you submit, check your details on the final page of the registration form;
  4. After submitting, you will receive a confirmation email. Make sure to directly click on the link in the email to confirm your registration. Without your confirmation, your registration cannot be processed;
  5. If you apply as an OKP or MSP-scholarship candidate, you will receive a registration letter for the scholarship at the beginning of the scholarship cycle.
  6. If you apply as a self-funded participant: we will forward your request for acceptance to the course leader. This can take some time as it depends on the coordinators' schedule (1-3 weeks);
  7. If you’re accepted into the course programme, we’ll send you an admission letter by e-mail;
  8. You receive all required travel documents from us after you are selected for the scholarship (OKP/MSP-scholarship candidates) or when we’ve received your payment (self-funded participant).

Technology Requirements Online Learning

Minimum technical and software requirements for online learning courses are:

  • Stable internet connection: required to access the online learning platform and assignments (at least 3G mobile network).
  • Hardware requirement: acces to a laptop, smartphone, tablet or a personal computer with webcam and microphone.