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Feeding a Hungry Planet

Agriculture is more than waving fields of wheat; our ability to grow food from existing natural resources –and without decimating those resources –is key to sustainably feeding the world. In this course, learn about food security worldwide, the effects of malnutrition, how we manage ecosystems that provide food resources and more. You’ll emerge from this course with a clear answer to the question: What can I do to make food consumption and production more sustainable?

This course is for:

Graduate students and advanced undergraduate students in agriculture, economics, international development and other fields who are learning about the intersectional factors impacting agriculture and food production/consumption

Nutritionists, agriculture professionals and other practitioners interested in the latest developments in the field

Sustainable development practitioners –including those who work for international aid organizations and nonprofits in the realms of poverty, nutrition and agriculture – who want to understand the lifecycle of food production and food security

Private actors , such as those engaging in or investing in social entrepreneurship and the support of local agriculture

Partners:

This course is supported by faculty based at Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University, Rothamsted Research, Tufts University, and Wageningen University and Research.

What you'll learn

  • in agriculture, economics, international development and other fields who are learning about the intersectional factors impacting agriculture and food production/consumption
  • interested in the latest developments in the field
  • –including those who work for international aid organizations and nonprofits in the realms of poverty, nutrition and agriculture – who want to understand the lifecycle of food production and food security
  • , such as those engaging in or investing in social entrepreneurship and the support of local agriculture
  • How the field has developed and shifted over time, and how recent developments like advanced technology impact farming.
  • What is food security? How do poverty, inequality and other factors affect the nutrition of not just individuals, but entire countries?
  • All about regulations influencing production, trade and other aspects of agriculture.
  • Examples from industries ranging from rice to livestock, and the experiences of smallholder farmers.
  • 1.1 Introduction to this MOOC
  • 1.2 Global challenges around food
  • 1.3 Case study 1: Rice
  • 1.4 Case study 2: Smallholder farming
  • 1.5 Case study 3: Livestock
  • 1.6 Case study 4: Aquaculture
  • 2.1 Emergence of modern agriculture
  • 2.2 Risks under a Business-As-Usual scenario
  • 2.3 Agriculture & the Sustainable Development Goals
  • 3.1 What is food security?
  • 3.2 Nutrition and health
  • 3.3 Consumption and diets
  • 3.4 Food losses and waste
  • 3.5 Socio-economic dynamics of food systems
  • 3.6 Pathways towards food security
  • 4.1 Sustainable agriculture intensification
  • 4.2 The importance of productivity growth
  • 4.3 Climate change adaptation and mitigation
  • 4.4 Breeding and genetics
  • 4.5 Nutrient management
  • 4.6 Soil fertility management
  • 5.1 Water management
  • 5.2 Crop protection
  • 5.3 Good agronomy
  • 5.4 Sustainable livestock systems
  • 5.5 & 5.6 Functional diversity I & II
  • 6.1 Rural economies and urban linkages
  • 6.2 Rural development
  • 6.3 Markets and supply chains
  • 6.4 International trade
  • 6.5 Development enhancing investments
  • 6.6 Food governance
  • 7.1 Pathways to change
  • 7.2 Monitoring change
  • 7.3 Mechanisms to stimulate change
  • 7.4 Investing in science
  • 7.5 What can I do?

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Instructors Achim Dobermann, Ken Giller, Jessica Fanzo, Upmanu Lall, Michael Lee, William Masters, Rebecca Nelson, Johan Verreth
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Length 7 weeks
Effort 3 - 5 hours per week
Starts On Demand (Start anytime)
Cost $49
From SDGAcademyX, SDG Academy via edX
Instructors Achim Dobermann, Ken Giller, Jessica Fanzo, Upmanu Lall, Michael Lee, William Masters, Rebecca Nelson, Johan Verreth
Download Videos On all desktop and mobile devices
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Science Personal Development
Tags Social Sciences Food & Nutrition Environmental Studies

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