Food Systems e-course: 2022

The third edition of the Food Systems e-course is taking place this year. If you are working in the agrifood sector and interested in food system transformation in low and middle income countries, this e-course could be of interest to you. The e-course is free to attend and is hosted by NFP, facilitated by Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation and supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Event details

10 Feb - 18 Mar 2022
Netherlands Food Partnership | Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation | Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
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The food systems approach is increasingly being used to understand how food is produced and consumed, with an optimal outcome for human health, social justice, economic endeavour and the preservation of planetary resources. Since the UN Food Systems Summit in September 2021, it has become central to policy and practice of many international development and research organisations, multilateral organisations and in programmes and policies aiming at improving Food and Nutrition Security.

The course offers a unique opportunity get a headstart in addressing food systems challenges and in 2021, more than 500 food agrifood professionals participated. To this end, the course also offers the chance to engage and discuss and share experiences with policy makers from national governments, professionals working in development organisations, NGOs, private sector, and knowledge and education institutions from across the world.

You can watch the video below, to hear from one of the facilitators, as well as some of the participants from the previous edition, who provide an insight and first hand impression of their experiences and how the course and has since impacted their work in transforming food systems in their home countries.

The duration of the e-course covers five weeks with four modules. Each module requires a time investment from you of 4-5 hours. You will receive a WUR-certificate after completing all modules of the course.


Network Café: Introduction to e-course, learning platform and fellow participants.
February 10-11. Admission, instructions, option to sign up for group work

Module 1: Why does a food systems approach matter?
February 14 - 18. Plenary session on Feb 16, 14-15h CET, GMT+1

Module 2: Making food systems analysis work
February 21 - 25. Plenary session on Feb 23, 14-15h CET, GMT+1

February 28 - March 4. Week off / catch-up week

Module 3: The process of transforming food systems
March 7 - 11. Plenary session on March 9, 14-15h CET, GMT+1

Module 4: Governance of food systems transformation
March 14 - 18. Plenary session on March 16, 14-15h CET, GMT+1

Every module has individual learning activities (3-4 hours), a plenary session (1 hour) and the option to do group work (1 hour). The individual learning activities include watching short videos, reading an article, reflecting on blog posts, completing short quizzes, applying food systems thinking to your own work and online discussions with participants and facilitators. The plenary sessions have key-note speakers and facilitated discussions. The group work is guided by 4 assignments that link the e-course content to your work reality. Group work is optional, you can sign up and join a group during the introduction days. Evaluations show that this mode of social learning adds a lot of value and is much appreciated.

After completing the course you will be able to:
● Understand and work with the concept of food systems based on current academic insights;
● Understand how food systems feature in the current international policy debates;
● Commission food systems analysis in order to inform policies or interventions in the domain of food, agriculture and development;
● Work with the food system framework and make your programmes more relevant and effective to realise food system outcomes.

The deadline for application is January 28. In the selection process, we take into consideration motivation and diversity (gender, age, organisational background), as well as candidates that are involved in food system transformation in low and middle income countries.


Wim Goris

Wim Goris

Netherlands Food Partnership