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E-course | Food Systems edition 2022 and winning blogs

In the first quarter of 2022, Netherlands Food Partnership teamed up again with Wageningen Centre for Development Innovation (WCDI) to jointly organise the third edition of the food system transformation E-course. The curriculum offers participants a unique opportunity to enhance and develop their understanding of why a food systems approach matters; how food systems analysis works; the process of transforming food systems and governance of food systems transformation.

( Photo credit : Philippe Leyssens for Rikolto Tanzania food smart city project )

“Conventional white rice does have a nutritional value close to a cardboard. We need more vegetables, less meat and a better repartition of our food”

Raphaël Maingot | BaliCoop, Indonesia

Actors and stakeholders from across our international network were invited to participate in the course. Demand for the course was again very high with 1440+ applications received for a total of 500 places. Participants come from around 70 countries and represent alle types of stakeholders, from farmer organisations to private sector, universities and policy makers from governments and Netherlands embassies.

The E-course consists of four weekly modules, with self-paced learning, a plenary session and optionally group work. The group work will build up to food system blogs, in due course published here.

For now, in the section below we release the available recordings of the plenary sessions in each module:

Welcome and introduction by Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Netherlands Food Partnership

Here is the jury appreciation of the winning blogs.

In the 2022 e-course of food system transformation, over 100 participants opted for voluntary group work. The groups worked on assignments after each plenary. The final assignment was to compose a blog and submit it to a jury. This year, the jury consisted of Marcel Beukeboom (see his interview in module 4); Myrtille Danse (see opening session) and Herman Brouwer (see module 1) supported by Jackline Owili (active in all modules). They analysed all the submitted blogs on three criteria:

  1. Quality: Did the group describe the challenge and analysis of the food system in a country or theme? What is the quality of the analysis and the reasoning for the call to action towards the selected stakeholder group?
  2. Originality: is the blog making an original points? Or unusual point of view?
  3. Reader-friendliness: Is it easy to read? Is there fun and energy?

Watch the jury appreciation in the following video (4m)

The jury selected the following authors as the winning blogs:

Group Team Proteins

Blog: Developing Sustainable Protein Sources through Ecosystem Management and Sociocultural Practices

Authors are Kyana Dipananda (Indonesia - Amsterdam), Gabriel Puthenpurekal (Philippines)

Group Sow Good.

Blog: Transforming Food Systems by Transforming Minds

Authors are Jose Diego Roxas, Mulugueta Diro, Wubeshet Beshir, Aung Myat Thu

Group Techno Kos.

Blog: Making Nutritious Childrens Food a Reality

Authors are Darilyn Smart, Mbaziira Mahmudu, Patrick Lyle, Regina Atieno Ochieng and Noah Lev

Group Food System Champions.

Blog: Towards Sustainable Water Management in the MENA region

Authors are Fayez Aladamawi, Salma Abdallah, Dima Maroun and Shorouk Abouleish

“It is a very complete course with lots of resources to use now and later, very experienced facilitators and presenters. The 4th and last module builds on the previous modules and that shows that the content has been carefully thought and integrated. It is really an invitation to continue in this field.”

Martha Mondragón | https://www.redtalentos.nl/