Amsterdam, Netherlands

Feeding the billions: challenges and Innovation in Food and Water Security

when 11 March 2022 - 11 March 2022
language English
credits 10 EC
fee EUR 2

In this course you examine a range of approaches towards food and water security, from international policy agreements to community-based activities.

There are 7.8 billion people to feed today, and this number is expected to increase to about 10 billion by 2050. More food is needed, and more food means more water for crops and livestock to grow.

This course is evidence-based and addresses food and water challenges and innovative interventions from various disciplinary perspectives and socio-cultural contexts, using real-life examples. Interactive theoretical lecture sessions are alternated with debates, group work and a field visit. Students will benefit from discussions with their peers from different disciplinary backgrounds and countries of origin. At least five of the following topics will be covered:

• Drivers of food and water security

• Food systems and transdisciplinary research

• Water management in flood-prone areas

• Water (in)security for food production in water-scarce regions

• Food (and water) prices and food economics

• Innovative interventions to feed the world more sustainably

We bring practice to the classroom by using real-life examples from projects in countries where we work such as Benin, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Indonesia, Philippines, and Vietnam. Assessment is based on student participation and the preparation of a digital poster (1 per group), based on peer-reviewed scientific journals supported by other, non-academic, yet societal relevant articles, to be presented during class (by means of an oral group presentation).

Course leader

Denyse Snelder

Target group

This course is suitable for Advanced Bachelor's and Master's students from various disciplinary background (natural or social sciences, psychology, health science) with interest in trans- and interdisciplinary approaches to research and problem-solving.

Course aim

At the end of this course you will:

• Better understand food and water security, its context (local to global), major challenges, innovative solutions and policies.
• Understand and can explain major concepts and theories in this field.
• Be able to select and apply appropriate transdisciplinary approaches in food and water security research, including the use of data-collection, analysis and presentation tools.
• Have acquired skills to evaluate research data and do critical reading of the literature.
• Possess the communication skills needed to participate in current debates in the field of food and water security.

Fee info

EUR 2: wqwerdefe