Topic outline

  • This course is part of a series of three e-learning courses on Sustainable Food Systems (SFS), designed to equip you with the knowledge and tools required to apply systems thinking to complex food systems challenges in an integrated manner.

    The course series highlights how systems thinking, and taking a sustainable food systems approach, can help to significantly improve our work in project and policy design for sustainable food systems development and transformation.

    This first course in the series proposes a definition of the concept of sustainable food systems and describes the evolution of food systems. It outlines how systems thinking can be used to develop sustainable food systems.

      • Course series

        The course series on Sustainable Food Systems consists of three courses.

        • System Requirements 

          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. 

          • Audience

            The course primarily targets development practitioners and policy-makers working on the development of sustainable food systems. It will also benefit those interested in learning more about food systems and how to develop sustainable food systems, such as:

            • Farmer representatives
            • Support services providers
            • Consumers
            • Agribusiness representatives
            • Development practitioners
            • Government policy-makers

            • You will learn about

              • The concept and complexity of food systems
              • The evolution of food systems and associated sustainability challenges
              • The need for holistic development solutions through a sustainable food systems approach
              • How to apply a systems thinking approach to sustainable food systems development

              • Course structure

                The course consists of 2 lessons of 40 and 45 minutes duration respectively:

                • Lesson 1 - Definition and evolution of food systems
                • Lesson 2 - A sustainable food systems approach

                • Partners

                  This course was developed in collaboration with the One Planet Network's Sustainable Food Systems Programme" 

                    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

                  • Digital Badge Certification

                    To be granted a digital certification from the FAO elearning Academy, you will have to take the final evaluation exam after you’ve finished a course.

                    Our digital badge certifications verify that you have achieved the learning outcomes and competencies outlined in FAO e-learning courses.

                    What is a digital badge?
                    Digital badges are online visual representations of learned skills and achievements earned in learning environments. They have already been adopted widely across a range of sectors and are being used to recognize both accredited and non-accredited learning in formal, informal and non-formal settings.
                    Badges can be displayed wherever learners want on the web, and share them for employment, education or lifelong learning.

                    The exam for this course is currently under development. If you access the course, you will be notified via email as soon as the exam becomes available.