Topic outline

This is an introduction to a series of three courses designed to provide a diverse audience with the approaches, methods and tools necessary to integrate social dimensions into the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of agrifood investments. This introductory course provides an overview of social analysis and describes its importance in understanding the root causes of poverty, vulnerability and the risks of social exclusion in the context of global efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. It also discusses the challenges of making investments in agrifood systems more sustainable, inclusive, and resilient. Finally, it illustrates how the series of courses is organized, by providing an overview of the contents covered by each course.


This course is targeted to all groups of learners of the course series - managers, social analysts, practitioners and field-level experts. The series is aimed at learners who engage in the design, implementation and evaluation of public investments strategies, programmes or projects related to sustainable agrifood systems, working with governments, national financing institutions, technical partners, non-governmental organizations, farmer organizations, and international development agencies, such as the United Nations, International Financing Institutions, and bilateral agencies. The course series can also be consulted by private companies with social responsibility programmes, impact funds, or foundations.

  • The objectives and scope of social analysis in agrifood investments.
  • The importance of social analysis in reducing poverty and food insecurity and achieving inclusive and sustainable development.
  • Instructions on how to use this series of social analysis courses across all stages of the investment cycle.

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