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 third course in the series explains how to apply systems thinking to sustainable food systems development. It presents current and emerging operational approaches to food systems development, and a framework for holistic food systems policy-making and implementation.

      • 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

              • How to apply systems thinking to sustainable food systems development
              • Leverage points and binding constraints in food systems
              • The four operational approaches to sustainable food systems development
              • The Collaborative Framework for Food Systems Transformation as a tool for more holistic food systems policy-making

              • Course structure

                The course consists of 2 lessons of 40 minutes duration each:

                • Lesson 1 - Systems thinking in sustainable food systems development
                • Lesson 2 - Operational approaches to sustainable food systems development

                • 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

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