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Length Length

10 modules, accessible at any time

Effort Effort

2 hours per module

Price Price

FREE

Languages Languages

English

Video Transcripts Video Transcripts

English, Italiano, Français

Prerequisites Prerequisites

None

Requirements Requirements

An internet connection to access course materials

ALL ABOUT FOOD VALUE CHAINS
The interlinkages from production to

consumption

ALL ABOUT FOOD VALUE CHAINS
CASE STUDIES
Explore food systems in countries across

the Mediterranean

CASE STUDIES
THE NEW SUSTAINABLE FOOD PROFESSIONAL
Entrepreneurial opportunities and

growing fields

THE NEW SUSTAINABLE FOOD PROFESSIONAL

Overview

This course is self-paced – you can enroll immediately and complete the course materials at any time before August 31, 2019.

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; 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.

structure

  • Pre-recorded lectures
  • Readings
  • Discussion forum
  • Quizzes

Lead Faculty

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    Alessio Cavicchi

    Università di Macerata

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    Sonia Massari

    Gustolab International

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    Jeffrey Sachs

    Columbia University

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    Stefano Pascucci

    University of Exeter

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    Amr Helal

    Health Tech

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    A. F. Abou-Hadid

    Ain Shams University

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    Eissa Ali Abdelaziz

    Ain Shams University

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    Riccardo Valentini

    Università degli Studi di Tuscia

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    Gabriele Riccardi

    Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II

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    Maite Aldaya

    Water Observatory

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    Sarra Arbaoui

    Université de Sousse

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    Phoebe Kounduri

    Athens University of Economics and Business

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    Angelo Riccaboni

    Università degli Studi di Siena

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 decision-making in the region and globally

Questions?

Course logistics and requirements

This course is self-paced. All course components are available now and can be completed at any time that is convenient for the learner.

Please note that this course is not facilitated by a course team. We encourage learners to engage with one another via the discussion forum. Any specific questions can be sent to the SDG Academy team at sdgacademy@unsdsn.org.

Certificates

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

syllabus

Prologue by Prof. Jeffrey Sachs

Module 1: The Mediterranean challenges around food and agriculture

1.1

Introduction to this MOOC

1.2

Mediterranean challenges and innovation in food systems

1.3

Theoretical framework, objectives, and course outline

1.4

Contextualizing the SDGs for the Mediterranean region: What do the SDGs mean for the countries of the Mediterranean?

Module 2: History of agriculture in Mediterranean basin and Mediterranean Diet

2.1

The origin of agriculture

2.2

Civilizations

2.3

Middles ages and early modern

2.4

Modern agriculture

2.5

Agriculture and habits of local communities: The origin of the “Mediterranean diet”

Module 3: Poverty alleviation, economic and social rural development

3.1

Economics of food systems

3.2

Rural development

3.3

Markets and supply chains

3.4

International trade

3.5

Development enhancing investments

3.6

Food governance

Module 4: Fisheries and Aquaculture

4.1

Our ocean: A finite resource

4.2

Dance of the plankton

4.3

Marine food chains

4.4

Fisheries economics and management

4.5

Aquaculture and mariculture

4.6

Sustainable management of fisheries

4.7

Summing it up

Module 5: How to achieve the SDGs in the Mediterranean – The way forward I. Water resources and Fisheries Management

5.1

Challenges

5.2

Theoretical chapter

5.3

Successful case studies in the Mediterranean

Module 6: How to achieve the SDGs in the Mediterranean – The way forward II. Sustainable farming systems under environmental and climatic constraints

6.1a

Challenges

6.1b

Challenges at the Mediterranean level

6.2

Theoretical chapter

6.3

Successful case studies in the Mediterranean

Module 7: How to achieve the SDGs in the Mediterranean – The way forward III. Food value chain for regional and local development

7.1

Challenges of the Mediterranean food value chains

7.2

Theoretical chapter

7.3

Successful case studies in the Mediterranean

Module 8: How to achieve the SDGs in the Mediterranean – The way forward IV. Reducing food waste and enhancing by-product innovations

8.1

Challenges

8.2

Theoretical chapter

8.3

Successful case studies in Egypt

Module 9: How to achieve the SDGs in the Mediterranean – The way forward V. Nutrition and Education

9.1

Challenges

9.2

Theoretical chapter

9.3

Successful case studies in North Africa and the Middle East

Module 10: New professional profiles in a Mediterranean context

10.1

Professionals need to face sustainability issues

10.2

Professional profiles in the agrifood sector

10.3

The role of higher education institutions: International cooperation, exchange and mobility

10.4

Youth & food: New entrepreneurs

10.5

A job for the future: The “innovation broker”

10.6

Professional profiles: Sustainable tourism sector