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Sustainable Food Systems

The Mediterranean region is one of the most biodiverse in the world, home to a complex and intricate patchwork of cultures, climates, and cuisines. Food systems in the region -- represented worldwide by the "Mediterranean diet" -- are equally complex, demanding analysis across the political, social, cultural, economic and nutritional spectrums from landscape to table.

The ability of Mediterranean agriculture to sustain its peoples -- and the planet -- is now threatened by several issues:

  • Unsustainable agriculture production and limited agricultural diversification;
  • Overexploitation of natural resources, including loss of soil fertility and agricultural biodiversity;
  • Water scarcity and poor water management;
  • Limited agricultural diversification;
  • Increasingly poor nutritional value of food products and diets;
  • Food loss and waste; and
  • Decline in food culture and food sovereignty, highlighting the struggle between modernity and tradition.

This course discusses the challenges and opportunities of the agricultural sector in the Mediterranean basin. It summarizes global-to-local challenges related to achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG); outlines the history and culture of agriculture and its main characteristics with a focus on the "Mediterranean diet"; explains agricultural data with a focus on rural development models and value creation; explores EU policy frameworks and international agreements related to food and agriculture in the Mediterranean; and highlights emerging opportunities linked to innovation and sustainability in the sector.

This course is for:

  • Students at the undergraduate or graduate level interested in the main challenges facing the Mediterranean region
  • Current and future practitioners in the agriculture, food, and beverage sectors who wish to gain useful insights about current and future trends and business opportunities
  • Policymakers and regional stakeholders who want to deepen their knowledge of agricultural policy, investment, and decisionmaking in the region and globally

Want to learn more about sustainable food and nutrition around the world? Check out the SDG Academy course "Feeding a Hungry Planet: Agriculture, Nutrition and Sustainability."

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Length 10 weeks
Effort 2 - 4 hours per week
Starts Sep 2 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $49
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Instructors Jeffrey D. Sachs, Alessio Cavicchi, Sonia Massari, Stefano Pascucci, Amr Helal, A. F. Abou Hadid, Eissa Ali Abdelaziz, Riccardo Valentini, Gabriele Riccardi, Maite Aldaya, Sarra Arboui, Phoebe Kounduri, Angelo Riccaboni
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Rating 5.0 based on 1 ratings
Length 10 weeks
Effort 2 - 4 hours per week
Starts Sep 2 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $49
From SDGAcademyX via edX
Instructors Jeffrey D. Sachs, Alessio Cavicchi, Sonia Massari, Stefano Pascucci, Amr Helal, A. F. Abou Hadid, Eissa Ali Abdelaziz, Riccardo Valentini, Gabriele Riccardi, Maite Aldaya, Sarra Arboui, Phoebe Kounduri, Angelo Riccaboni
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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