Idanha-a-Nova, Portugal

Sustainable Agriculture

blended course
when 2 November 2022 - 11 November 2022
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 2 EC
fee EUR 250

"This programme offers a unique, intensive, and hands-on immersion on the topics of sustainable and regenerative agriculture and its impact on the food production systems (carbon markets, alternative proteins, short food supply chains and digital tools to support sustainable agriculture). Participants will be able to choose the most relevant topics for their activities.

A cohort of motivated participants from across Europe will join our Post-Harvest School. During the first two days, partners from more than 10 European countries and academic institutions will deliver a thematic programme divided into parallel sessions so that the participants can customise their learning experience by choosing the sessions that most fit their interests. Over the weekend, the participants will be invited for on-site visits with accommodation and catering included (limited to the first 30 participants choosing each location), while the remaining can attend online. In week 2, online, participants will form groups and will ideate on the major challenges faced by the producers visited to ideate innovative but actionable solutions, with the help of experienced mentors. An assessment will take place by the end of the delivery of the thematic content.

The programme awards 2 ECTS credits.

The programme will run post-working hours (17H00 - 20H00 CET)."

Course leader

Coordination: Building Global Innovators
Partners: Food4Sustainability (Portugal), Lund University (Sweden), Art21 (Lithuania), Climate Farmers (Germany), Grand Farm (Austria), Kislépték (Hungary), PAacademy of Sciences (Poland), and Rural Hack (Italy).

Target group

We are seeking:

- farmers and practitioners aiming to understand what the transition to sustainable farming entails,
- students researching on the topic,
- young professionals and industry participants from the agri-food chain who wish to incorporate sustainability in their activities,
- food retailers staff for a broader perspective of the value chain,
- aspiring entrepreneurs interested in innovating in the food system and in improving the wellbeing of the population by providing them with safer and healthier products.

Multidisciplinary backgrounds (e.g. Food Science, Other Sciences, Engineering, Business/ Marketing, Informatics and Computational Science) are welcome and encouraged.

Course aim

The EIT Food Post-Harvest School will allow you to:

- Be updated on the state of the art on several emerging food production systems under the new EU framework (Farm to Fork), with a special emphasis on regenerative agriculture.
- Understand the concept of Carbon Farming and deepen your knowledge on the Carbon Markets currently available.
- Recognize the parameters that influence soil health and the soil current status. Learn about tools for farmers and small-scale producers to evaluate the soil status and short value chains.
- Learn about the microbes influencing soil health and fertility, and how this invisible life influences your health as a consumer
- Ideate on the importance of short value chains in the current food production systems
- Understand the opportunities for alternative proteins market as a food tend
- Ideate on innovative solutions for the challenges identified, with the help of experienced mentors
- Meet important international stakeholders in the current food systems environment
- Visit local producers and participate in round-table discussions on the major challenges of sustainable agriculture

Credits info

2 EC

Fee info

EUR 250: Early-bird fee until Oct 23
EUR 350: From Oct 23rd to Oct 28th