Topic outline

This course examines the common vision and integrated approach to sustainability developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to deal with current and future challenges facing agriculture, forestry and fisheries. It presents the five key principles for sustainability in which this vision is embedded and illustrates the actions to enhance transition to sustainable food and agriculture.


The course is aimed at policy makers, decision makers and policy advisors in the areas of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and at professionals interested in sustainable agriculture and food systems.

  • Challenges facing food and agriculture.
  • FAO’s vision and integrated approach towards sustainability across agriculture, forestry and fisheries.
  • Five interconnected principles for the transition to a sustainable agricultural development.
  • Programmes and frameworks underpinning actions towards agricultural sustainability.

The course consists of 6 lessons, ranging from approximately 5 to 30 minutes duration each:

  • Lesson 1 – Overview of the course
  • Lesson 2 – Understanding the challenge
  • Lesson 3 – Developing a common vision to sustainable food and agriculture
  • Lesson 4 – Five principles for sustainability in food and agriculture
  • Lesson 5 – How to transition to sustainable food and agriculture
  • Lesson 6 – Sustainability frameworks, partnerships and approaches

The online version of this course runs on the latest versions of the major browsers, such as Chrome, Safari, Edge and Firefox.

The downloadable version only runs on Windows PC’s and no additional software is needed.

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