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Learn how to feed the world in a sustainable way

What are the biggest environmental issues we face? Pollution? Climate change? True. But among these environmental topics, feeding the growing population, 9 billion in 2050, is one of the most pressing issues we have to find a solution for.

To solve this problem, we need people to gain knowledge, do research, and explore the options. You can be a piece of the puzzle, help find a solution, and start now by gaining knowledge about food production systems, food security, sustainable development in agriculture and livestock, and systems thinking.

How is it possible that the world currently produces enough food for everyone, but still people suffer from hunger and nutrient deficiencies? How can we produce sufficient food in an environmentally sustainable way to feed the increased world population in the future?

This Environmental Studies XSeries, developed by Wageningen University, consists of 3 courses:

Learn about systems thinking and its application to improve the environmental sustainability of food production systems. The main topics are:

Learn the basics of crop production to feed the world and preserve our planet’s resources. The main topics are:

Learn about the basics of food access decision-making from a multilevel perspective. The main topics are:

At Wageningen University and Research, we are dedicated to exploring the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. Studies and courses train (future) professionals from all over the world in sustainable food systems and help consumers make informed choices about what they eat, how it is produced and the impact of their decisions on the environment and society.

The duration of each course (or MOOC: Massive Open Online Course) is flexible: study any time and place you want. You decide how to spend your time during a course. Gain the knowledge offered in each course free of charge through dynamic modules filled with video, syllabus, and assignments for practice and grading. Obtain your verified certificate for $ 49,- each. After successful completion of all 3 courses, you can obtain an overall certificate.

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Scroll down to find more information about each separate course and join the Wageningen University XSeries about sustainable food security.

What you'll learn

  • Understand that food security depends on food availability, food access, food utilization and stability
  • How we can produce enough food for everyone
  • How sustainable different food production systems are
  • How to assure access to sufficient, nutritious and safe food for everyone
  • About actors and activities to achieve food security at international, national, local, household, and individual level

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From Wageningen University & Research, WageningenX via edX
Hours 96
Instructors Dr. I.J.M. de Boer, Carolien Kroeze, Gerrie van de Ven, Dr. Eddie Bokkers, Martin van Ittersum, I.J.M. de Boer, Eddie Bokkers, Dr. ir. Marrit van den Berg, Prof. dr. Hilde Bras, Dr. Jeroen Candel, Dr. Jessica Duncan, Prof. dr. Ewout Frankema, Prof. dr. Peter Oosterveer, Dr. ir. Maja Slingerland, Dr. ir. Sietze Vellema, Marrit van den Berg, Hilde Bras, Jeroen Candel, Jessica Duncan, Ewout Frankema, Peter Oosterveer, Maja Slingerland, Sietze Vellema
Language English
Subjects Science Personal Development Social Sciences

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Careers

An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile (33rd - 99th).

Food Department $28k

Food cook $31k

Food Processor $39k

Fast Food $42k

Food demonstrator $49k

Food and Beverage 2 $51k

Food Scientist (Food Solutions) $53k

Food Production Manager $58k

Food $62k

Food Chemist $66k

Food Professional $66k

Food Science $86k

Courses in this XSeries

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Sustainable Food Security: The value of systems thinking (You were viewing this course)

Systems thinking and environmental sustainability: solve the Rubik 's cube Have you ever considered how many aspects of food production affect the natural environment? Every...

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Sustainable Food Security: Food Access

Food access: Learn about food supply and food security Have you ever considered that you’re not the only one who decides what food ends up on your plate? In this environmental...

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From Wageningen University & Research, WageningenX via edX
Hours 96
Instructors Dr. I.J.M. de Boer, Carolien Kroeze, Gerrie van de Ven, Dr. Eddie Bokkers, Martin van Ittersum, I.J.M. de Boer, Eddie Bokkers, Dr. ir. Marrit van den Berg, Prof. dr. Hilde Bras, Dr. Jeroen Candel, Dr. Jessica Duncan, Prof. dr. Ewout Frankema, Prof. dr. Peter Oosterveer, Dr. ir. Maja Slingerland, Dr. ir. Sietze Vellema, Marrit van den Berg, Hilde Bras, Jeroen Candel, Jessica Duncan, Ewout Frankema, Peter Oosterveer, Maja Slingerland, Sietze Vellema
Language English
Subjects Science Personal Development Social Sciences

Careers

An overview of related careers and their average salaries in the US. Bars indicate income percentile (33rd - 99th).

Food Department $28k

Food cook $31k

Food Processor $39k

Fast Food $42k

Food demonstrator $49k

Food and Beverage 2 $51k

Food Scientist (Food Solutions) $53k

Food Production Manager $58k

Food $62k

Food Chemist $66k

Food Professional $66k

Food Science $86k

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