Sustainable Food Security: The value of systems thinking

Онлайн-курс
Language
Английский
Duration
3 месяца
Certificate
Сертификация платная
Курс от EdX
бесплатный
бесплатный
Чему вы научились?
In this course you will learn about:The concept of environmental sustainability and identify the main issues associated with food production
The basics of systems thinking and understand how the different aspects of a system influence one another and how a system itself is affected by its context
The relevance of crop and livestock productivity for environmental sustainability
The environmental indicators and how to measure the environmental impact of food production at farm, village or regional level
Decision-making and life cycle assessment
Helpful tools and their strong and weak points
We will analyze production systems at both ends of the spectrum: highly productive systems with relatively high inputs and emissions to the environment, and low productive systems with low input use and depletion of soil fertility. Crop-livestock interaction is a focal point.
О курсе

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 aspect needs to be considered in attaining the future goal to produce enough food for the growing population while at the same time preserving our planet. It's as difficult as solving a Rubik's cube; changing one aspect may affect the environment in a major way.

Systems theory, or systems thinking, is a way of understanding and working with the complexity of sustainable food production systems, which requires training in different disciplines and an approach that can address this complexity. This environmental studies course enables participants to apply the principles of a systems approach to food production with a focus on environmental sustainability.

The professors at Wageningen University

The University of Wageningen offers an excellent combination of conducting research worldwide and educating in the area of 'healthy food and living environment'. For each course, professors from specific fields of expertise are eager to teach and share the University's mission: "Explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life".

This is why you should sign up

Sign up as a student if you want to acquire knowledge about environmental sustainability and the way systems thinking helps in decision-making in the complexity of food production. After successful completion of both practice and graded assignments related to this course, you will:


  • Understand the complexity and diversity of food production systems
  • Understand the principles of system analysis and apply it to environmental issues in food production
  • Understand evaluation methods for the environmental impact of food production systems in different contexts and levels (e.g. farm, regional and global) Be able to evaluate strong and weak points of different food production systems regarding environmental sustainability
  • Be able to contribute to a discussion about environmental sustainability and food production and ask relevant questions
Программа
Sustainable Food Security: The value of systems thinking
Learn how to solve the ‘Rubik’s cube’ of systems thinking and how it’s applied to improve the environmental sustainability of food production systems!
Sustainable Food Security: The value of systems thinking
Learn how to solve the ‘Rubik’s cube’ of systems thinking and how it’s applied to improve the environmental sustainability of food production systems!
Лекторы
Gerrie van de Ven
Gerrie van de Ven
Plant Production Systems Group Wageningen University & Research
I.J.M. de Boer
I.J.M. de Boer
Lead, Animal Production Systems Wageningen University & Research
Carolien Kroeze
Carolien Kroeze
Professor, Environmental Systems Analysis Group Wageningen University & Research
Eddie Bokkers
Eddie Bokkers
Associate Professor, Animal Production Systems Wageningen University & Research
Martin van Ittersum
Martin van Ittersum
Professor, Plant Production Systems Wageningen University & Research
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