Length Length

7 modules released weekly, with 2-week catch-up period

Effort Effort

3-5 hours per module

Price Price

FREE

Languages Languages

English

Video Transcripts Video Transcripts

English, Pусский

Prerequisites Prerequisites

None

Requirements Requirements

An internet connection to access course materials

AGRICULTURE PAST & PRESENT
How the field has developed over time, and how recent developments like advanced technology impact farming

AGRICULTURE PAST & PRESENT
AGRICULTURAL POLICY
All about regulations influencing production, trade and other aspects of agriculture

AGRICULTURAL POLICY
NUTRITION & FOOD SECURITY
What is food security? How do poverty, inequality and other factors affect the nutrition of individuals and entire countries?

NUTRITION & FOOD SECURITY
CASE STUDIES
Examples from industries ranging from rice to livestock, and the experiences of smallholder farmers

CASE STUDIES

Overview

This course will next be offered starting February 11, 2019. Sign up for our newsletter and follow us on social media to be notified when this course will be open for enrollment.

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 7-week massive open online 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?

structure

  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Readings
  • Peer-reviewed assignments
  • Quizzes and final exam
  • Discussion forum
  • Live Q&A sessions
These live sessions allow students to ask questions and engage directly with instructors and leading practitioners in the field. The exact dates of these sessions will be announced early in the course.

Lead Faculty

  • Achim Dobermann

    Achim Dobermann

    Director and Chief Executive, Rothamsted Research

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

Questions?

Course logistics and requirements

This course is not currently open for enrollment. It will be offered again in 2019.

Certificates

Students who successfully complete the course will be eligible to purchase a Verified Certificate signed by the instructors.

syllabus

Module 1: The global challenges around food

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

Module 2: Agriculture at the center of sustainable development

2.1

Emergence of Modern Agriculture

2.2

Risks Under a Business-As-Usual Scenario

2.3

Agriculture & the Sustainable Development Goals

Module 3: Food systems for nutritional security and better health

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

Module 4: Sustainable intensification of agricultural systems – Part 1

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

Module 5: Sustainable intensification of agricultural systems – Part 2

5.1

Water Management

5.2

Crop Protection

5.3

Good Agronomy

5.4

Sustainable Livestock Systems

5.5

Functional Diversity I & II

5.6

Functional Diversity I & II

Module 6: Rural development for poverty alleviation

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

Module 7: Action for change

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?